Top office needs for 2024

As we navigate the evolving landscape of work, specialists in workplace design and strategy have identified the leading characteristics of office spaces for 2024.

These insights, drawn from changes in technology, cultural shifts, and evolving work preferences, are set to transform the office experience for both employees and employers.

Studio Alliance has delved into the principal trends expected to influence the office setting in 2024, employing search data from January and February of 2024:

Employee wellbeing  

Companies are starting to prioritise employee wellbeing more than ever before alongside the increase of burnout (125% rise in searches). An ever-growing trend in offices are standing desks (50,000) and ergonomic chairs (18,100), aiming to reduce the stiff and stationary environment most office workers find themselves in  

AI integration  

Artificial intelligence (AI) will continue to streamline workflows and enhance decision-making processes within the workplace. From productivity tools to AI-powered assistants, automation will revolutionise how tasks are managed and executed.  

Flexible office designs  

Office spaces will become more adaptable to accommodate diverse work styles and activities. From hot desking arrangements (2,900 searches) to open floor plan, shared workspaces (880 searches), flexibility will be key in optimising utilisation and supporting various work modes.  

Sustainable practices  

Environmental sustainability will be at the forefront of office design and operations. Office gardens, paperless workflows, and green commuting will be encouraged, aligning with corporate responsibility and goals.  

Hybrid work models  

The pandemic accelerated the adoption of remote work, and in 2024, hybrid working (8,100 searches) is expected to become standard practice. Offices will serve as collaborative hubs, while employees enjoy flexibility to work from home or other locations, fostering a balance between productivity and wellbeing.   

Commenting on these predictions, Stephan Winn, Managing Director of Apoprojekt, said: “In addition to concentrated and productive work, we expect places of social interaction, but also state-of-the-art technologies and solutions for wellbeing and sustainability. A place with a feel-good atmosphere, high quality, and real added value.”  

As the workplace continues to evolve, staying abreast of these trends will be essential for organisations striving to foster productivity, innovation, and employee satisfaction in the years ahead.