We've heard about what it can do, and what it has
potential to do, but there is still a lot to be done before we can get 'there'. With
constant reports emerging of what we will be able to use AI for in the future, we
are waiting for it to become accessible for everyone. For now, we shall just stick
to the likes of Alexa, Siri and Google and hope that the workplace will begin to
catch up with the AI we have access to in our personal lives.
A trend that we've seen increase over the year and
shows no sign of slowing down, is the incorporation of sit-stand desks in the
workplace. Because of their variability and health benefits, sit-stand desks have
become a stable feature around the world. Our own office re-fit that took place
earlier this year saw us replacing all of our regular desks to sit-stand. A lot of
our clients have included them in their workplaces too and I'm sure next year will
be no different.
We asked our managing director, Adrian Powell, about
his predictions for 2019 based on the some of the other evolving trends this year,
here's what he had to say:
Continued growth of co-working spaces
Co-working has moved on and is no longer a space
that start-ups and small businesses use to keep real estate costs to a minimum as
the business starts to grow. Now, it appeals to a wide variety of organisations,
including large corporates. They love the flexibility it gives them when managing
their property portfolios especially in a time of uncertainty.
Growing awareness of how the workplace can affect
and shape people's physical and mental health – which is very important!
Ongoing adoption of flexible working
While flexible and agile working is being adopted by
many organisations, there are many more still to take the plunge. For SMEs flexible
working provides many benefits, including attracting and retaining talent, improving
the work-life balance of staff and productivity.
We're looking forward to seeing what 2019 has in
store for us all!