From Design to Technology: Here are the Top 10 Office Trends of 2019

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2018 already feels like a faded memory - especially to those who had a messy New Year's Eve - and 2019 is full of possibilities, hope and change. Perhaps you’re starting a new role or looking to make a fresh start in an old one, or are simply finding ways to innovate and breath new life into your office space.

It isn’t just factors like employee satisfaction that should play a role in your 2019 planning, however. To really thrive in 2019, it’s essential to consider employee health, office design, safety and comfort, new technology and how to get the most out of your office space. At Jason L, we work hard to provide our customers with the latest in ergonomic furniture, accessories and design solutions for any office, no matter the size, scale or company. Read on to discover the top 10 trends on 2019.

1. Experience-driven Spaces

According to wurkspace7;

Experience-driven spaces refer to the incorporation of characteristics in the design of a workplace that orbits the user-centric elements of space optimisation; ultimately emphasising the importance of employee experience at work.

In 2019, expect to see a rise in this type of working environment, where the space is redesigned to enable maximum employee engagement both on and off the clock.

These may include:

  • Games rooms, or spaces that include items like table tennis tables
  • Yoga spaces: check out these yoga poses to get you through the day
  • Immersive spaces
  • V.R. rooms
  • Sleeping pods and relaxation rooms
  • Massage rooms
  • Cafes and breakout rooms
  • Office libraries, like the ones K2 Space predicts 

Other features of experience-driven spaces include music, textured walls, and spaces that stir the senses.

2. Eco Workplaces 

Eco workspaces

The eco-workplace is the workplace that is conscious about its environmental impact, that considers the impact of its footprint, and encourages, enables and empowers employees to be environmentally friendly. But really, what does that mean? How can you incorporate best practices into your daily workplace routines? You could:

  • Make recycling easy, by providing bins and discouraging single use plastic
  • Go paperless and implement a digital filing system (read more on how to go paperless at eFileCabinet)
  • Consider solar panels for the office
  • Set up bike racks to encourage riding to work
  • Set up a car pool club to encourage employees driving to work together, which has the added bonus of facilitating team bonding
  • Maximise natural light and cut back on artificial lights where possible
  • Encourage employees to turn off their computers, devices and lights when not in use

3. Open Plan Offices

The rise of the start-up and the unconventional workplace has made clear that open workplaces, hot-desking and agile spaces are not going away any time soon. Particularly for smaller companies with minimal space available, open plan offices provide an opportunity to fit in more people, get the most out of a room and enable team work. Open plan offices also:

  • Encourage collaboration
  • Enable flexibility
  • Can be a clever way to take advantage of space
  • Give employees the opportunity to work with other teams and get to know how various departments outside of their own operate

Open plan offices do have challenges however, such as a possible increase in digital, as opposed to face-to-face, interactions (read more here). In order to combat these, consider:

  • Investing in noise cancelling headphones
  • Creating small barriers to decrease noise and increase privacy
  • Book meeting rooms for sensitive conversations or when you need to focus in a quiet space
  • Take breaks outside of the office: read more on how to take intentional breaks at work at the Better Humans website.

According to ewiworksopen office spaces are becoming too bright with LED lighting systems, and though they may be better for the environment and the bottom line, 

"Without partitions and closed-off spaces, workers become exposed to much more light in open office spaces. Additionally, newly designed work spaces often maximize their exposure to natural light. This, combined with overhead LED fixtures, can cause very excessive light levels."

Find out how EWI Works can help your company here.

Read more about how to make the most of an open-plan office, and don't forget to finish off the area with some high-quality, ergonomic chairs:


Dove Mesh Drafting Chair $315 3 years
  • 2-lever mechanism
  • Nylon base
  • 120kg load 
  • Best Price Guaranteed
  • Adjustable arms
  • Assembly required
Swam White Nylon Office Chair - White Frame $304 5 years
  • Available with either black or white frame
  • Adjustable mechanisms to alter height and posture
  • Lockable design
  • Tension adjustment
  • Assembly required
Dove Mesh Office Chair $136 3 years
  • 2-lever mechanism
  • Breathable material
  • Highly durable construction
  • 890-1000 chair height range
  • Assembly required
Eames Reproduction - Boardroom Office Chair Medium Back Black $314 3 years
  • Best Price Guaranteed
  • Chrome features
  • Polished five star aluminium base
  • Affordable reproduction
  • 120 Day Risk Free Returns included
  • 120kg max load 
  • Back tilt adjustment
Sit Stand Mesh Drafting Chair Adjustable Arms Shrike $388 5 years
  • Jason L Moulded Foam
  • Back tilt adjustment
  • Adjustable arms
  • Comfortable mesh back to provide ventilation
  • Automatic tension control
  • Assembly required
Heron Ergonomic Office Chair - Adjustable Arms $352 5 years
  • Best price guarantee
  • Available in three colours: blue, black and grey
  • Black height adjustable arms optional
  • 3 lever independent seat and back adjustment
  • Ratchet back height adjustment
  • ISO 14001 certified
Plover Ergonomic Chair - Synthetic Leather Seat - Adjustable Arms $404 5 years
  • Synthetic leather
  • Back tilt adjustment lockable in upright position
  • 3 lever independent seat and back adjustment mechanism
  • Ultra comfortable design
  • Nylon base frame material
  • Height adjustable
  • Assembly required
Smile and Enjoy - Executive Fabric Office Chair Medium Back $693 5 years
  • Best Price Guaranteed
  • GreenGuard certified
  • Lumbar support with Jason L's patented foam
  • Comfortable arm rests
  • Adjustable tension control 
Smile and Enjoy - Executive Fabric Office Chair High Back $740 5 years
  • Best Price Guaranteed
  • GreenGuard certified 
  • 140kg weight load
  • Fabric seat
  • Mesh back
  • 97% recyclable 
  • Height adjustable 
  • 120 Day Risk Free Returns
You Beauty Managerial Mesh Chair - White $647 10 years
  • Can be customised to include optional arms and a headrest
  • Nylon base material
  • Fabric seat
  • Wire control and self balance mechanism
  • Assembly required
  • Height adjustable 
  • Back tilt adjustment 
Kookaburra - Medium Back Office Chair Synthetic Leather Black $316 3 years
  • Jason L High Density Cut Foam
  • 120 Day Risk Free Returns included
  • Synthetic soft leather 
  • High density foam
  • Optional lockable upright position
  • Chrome steel with rubber padding 
  • Black nylon finish
  • Assembly required 
Eames Reproduction - Boardroom Office Chair High Back White $367 3 years
  • Best Price Guaranteed
  • Classic design
  • Sling pocket
  • Comfortable seat pad
  • Upholstered premium with synthetic leather
  • Swivel and tilt mechanism 
  • Polished aluminium arms 
  • Lightweight and corrosion-resistant 
  • Assembly required
Raven Drafting Chair $274 3 years
  • Best Price Guaranteed
  • 2-lever mechanism
  • High back with extra support
  • High density foam base
  • Footrest included
  • Assembly required 
  • Black nylon base
Haworth Zody Task Chair by Haworth - Plastic High Performance Task Chair High Back $796 12 years
  • Best Price Guaranteed
  • Available in two base: Aluminium and Plastic
  • Optional black height adjustable arms
  • Adjustable lumbar support
  • Assembly required
Shrike Ergonomic Chair $399 10 years
  • Best Price Guaranteed
  • Ratchet back height-adjustment
  • Height adjustable arms
  • Assembly required 
  • Nylon base
HumanScale Liberty Task Adjustable Arms Chair $1,168 5 years
  • Australian made
  • Adjustable duron arms
  • Revolutionary counter-balance mechanism
  • Oxygen revive fabric, oxygen revive fabric, oxygen inhale fabric
  • Available in four colours: black, blue, grey and red
  • AFRDI approved
Lark Drafting Swivel Chair $466 5 years
  • Best Price Guaranteed
  • Available in three colours: black, brown and dark grey
  • Optional adjustable arms
  • Assembly required
  • Adjustable seat height mechanism, height adjustable
  • Comes in a PU leather or fabric finish
  • Stylish chrome footrest
HumanScale Smart Plus Arm Chair $1,867 15 years
  • AFRDI approved
  • Adjustable duron arms
  • Black frame with polished aluminum
  • Self-locking couter balance recline mechanism
  • Provides an automatic lumbar support
  • Monofilament stripe back
  • Assembly required
  • Back tilt adjustment
You Beauty Managerial Mesh Chair - Black $535 10 years
  • Best Price Guaranteed
  • Flexible chair
  • Wire control and self balance mechanism
  • ISO 14001 certified
  • Height and back tilt adjustment
  • 120kg max load
  • Assembly required
Heavy Duty Lab / Chair - Industrial Black Polystool $295 10 years
  • Best Price Guaranteed
  • AFRDI approved
  • PU seat
  • Drafting chair
  • Modern mesh back
  • Back tilt and height adjustable
  • Assembly required
Commercial Furniture Direct Morpheus Executive Office Chair - Low Back $559 5 years
  • ISO 14001 certified
  • Aluminium arms
  • PU leather
  • Synchro mechanism
  • Back tilt and seat tilt adjustable
  • Assembly required



4. Bringing Nature into the Office

Bringing nature indoors is a trend that has been a long time coming, as companies have started to expect longer hours from employees, and many of us find ourselves spending the majority of our time at a computer, whether for work or pleasure. Undoubtedly, there is no substitute for the experience of spending time in nature and breathing in fresh air, but bringing greenery, plants, and a little bit of nature indoors is an wonderful alternative.

Decorating the office with plants:

  • Is an easy way to add colour to an otherwise dull space
  • Can reduce stress in the office
  • Brings a taste of the natural world into the sometimes oppressive office space
  • Can remove pollutants from the air

Our favourite trends are:

  • Moss walls, 'the perfect green wall alternative' according to Ambius
  • Small indoor plants
  • Succulents
  • Jade plants
  • Peace lilies
  • Orchards
  • Any kind of biophilic design

Jason L has a range of office plants that are low maintenance and affordable. Check out our vertical plant walls here, and check out our handy infographic on why you need an office garden

Here are a few of our popular plants to get you started:

Flora Artificial Real Touch Phal Orchid in Gloss Ceramic Pot 600mm $83 1 year
  • Looks real
  • No maintenance required
  • Comes in a stunning ceramic pot
  • Bold piece
Flora Artificial Raphis Palm with 333 Leaves 1500mm $286 1 year
  • Tropical, fun and bright
  • 333 leaves bursting from branches
  • No maintenance required
Fiddle Leaf Rubberised Tree 900mm $206 10 years
  • Statement piece
  • Big, glossy, violin shaped leaves
  • Native to tropical regions
Flora Artificial Desert Succulent $34 1 year
  • Peace, resilience and tenacity
  • Low cost piece
  • ISO 14001 certified
  • Comes on ceramic pot
Productify Activity Based Partition Screen - Whiteboard/ Echo Felt Board $1,116 5 years
  • Can also be used as a whiteboard or a pin board
  • Works well as a partition screen or feature wall
  • Available in three sizes
Flora Artificial Real Touch Phal Orchid in Silver Pot $212 1 year
  • Artificial plant bursting with beauty
  • Elegant and graceful
  • No maintenance required
Flora Artificial White Peony in Glass Vase $161 1 years
  • Made up of blush and lilac flowers
  • Low maintenance
  • 3000mm fully expanded
  • Rich green leaves
  • Comes in a high-quality glass vase
Flora Smargago Potted Plant Group of 10 Branches with 160 Leaves 660mm H $100 1 year
  • No maintenance required
  • 10 impressive branches
  • ISO 14001 certified
  • 660mm
Z Fiddle Leaf Tree $206 10 years
  • No maintenance required
  • Varied leaf shape
  • High quality artificial plant
  • Available in four heights: 1130mm, 1200mm, 1680mm and 2000mm
Flora Artificial Orchid Phalaenopsis in Antique Brass Bowl $85 1 year
  • ISO 14001 certified
  • Comes with small antique brass bowl

5. Getting the Most Out of Limited Spaces

Large office spaces, like rental properties, are a luxury desired by many but attained by few. As such, getting the most out of limited spaces has become a project that was perhaps born out of necessity, but has grown into a one of efficiency, style and design.

Setting up an office in a small area can seem like a daunting task, but with a few key stylistic choices, strategically positioned pieces and a willingness to embrace a new way of working, can end up leading to a better office.

When working with limited space, consider:

  • De-cluttering all areas
  • Styling your office with a minimalist theme
  • Using vertical space: find inspiration at Apartment Therapy
  • Thinking twice when selecting accessories, furniture and decorations

Our favourite design trends are:

When redecorating your office space, why not invest in some high-quality, ergonomic furniture, too? 


6. Wellness and Employee Health

According to the Society for Human Resource Management, it costs an average company $4,129 per hire, with 42 days being the time it takes to fill a position. As such, keeping your employees happy, healthy and productive is in your best interest.

Eating clean, fasting, practicing meditation, taking micro-naps: all of these seem to fall into the category of ‘wellness’, but what exactly does the term mean in an office context?

Global Wellness Day defines wellness as: active process of becoming aware of and making choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life.  It is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth. A good or satisfactory condition of existence; a state characterized by health, happiness, and prosperity; welfare.

Broadly speaking, corporate wellness is all about focusing on employee physical, mental and emotional health, and ensuring office culture is such that it allows employees to thrive and achieve their best. 

Committing to corporate wellness may include:

  • Purchasing ergonomic furniture
  • Offering healthy eating initiatives such as fruit boxes
  • Initiating employee exercise programs such as lunch time yoga
  • Running group stretches during working hours
  • Creating mental health plans and offering psychological resources to staff

Read about how to find a the right ergonomic chair here, and check out the corporate wellness solutions at Complete Corporate Wellness

7. Stand Up Desks

If you haven’t heard of stand up desks, you’ve been living (no doubt, sitting) under a rock. No longer a quirky fad, stand up desks are here to stay, and for good reason. Studies have shown that sitting for two hours is as harmful to health as 20 minutes of exercise is beneficial. Sitting for prolonged periods of time also:

  • Increases the risk of illness and disease (read more at Uncaged Ergonomics)
  • Can lead to back, neck and other stiffness and pain
  • May lead to weight gain

Jason L offers multiple stand up and traditional workstation options, from executive settings to multi-user pieces to affordable pop-top options.​​​ ​

Flexi Premium Height Adjustable Single Workstation $916 10 years
  • 10 years warranty
  • Available in eight sizes
  • Available in four desktop colours: white, maple, salvage oak and dark oak
  • Steel powdercoated
  • Laminate finish
  • Assembly required
Just Right Height Adjustable Corner Workstation - White Frame $986 5 years
  • Laminate finish
  • Versatile workspace
  • Best Price Guaranteed
  • Available in eight sizes
  • Available with four desktop colours: white, maple, salvage oak and dark oak
  • L-shaped design
Just Right Height Adjustable Corner Workstation - Black Frame $986 5 years
  • Clean, high-quality desk
  • Best Price Guaranteed
  • Available in eight sizes
  • Laminate finish
  • Available in four colours: white, maple, salvage oak and dark oak
  • Powder coated steel legs
  • Assembly required
Flexi Premium Height Adjustable Single Workstation $916 10 years
  • Flexi sit-stand desk
  • Available in eight sizes
  • Available in four desktop colours: white, maple, salvage oak, drk oak
  • Optional digital memory handset
  • Optional screen colours available
Just Right Height Adjustable Single Person 120 Degree Workstation $785 3 years
  • Available in two leg colour: white and black
  • Simple yet elegant design
  • Laminate finish
  • Steel Powdercoated
  • Straight edge
Flexi Premium Height Adjustable Corner Workstation $1,373 10 years
  • Desk with mobile storage unit
  • Available in four desktop colours: maple, white, salvage oak and dark oak
  • Steel powder-coated
  • Optional leg colour
  • Available in 12 sizes
Just Right Height Adjustable 3 Person 120 Degree Workstation $2,355 3 years
  • Laminate finish
  • Available in leg colours: white and black
  • Straight edge
  • Sit-stand desk with in-built mechanism
Just Right Height Adjustable 2 Person H-Bench Workstation - White Frame $1,317 5 years
  • Available in four desktop colours: white, maple, salvage oak and dark oak
  • Available in six different sizes
  • Best Price Guaranteed
  • White square legs
  • Optional cable tray
  • Optional screen
San Fran - Executive Office Desk Chrome Leg $706 10 years
  • High-quality, executive desk
  • Available in eight sizes: 1200L x 700W, 1200L x 800W, 1400L x 700W, 1400L x 800W, 1600L x 700W, 1600L x 800W, 1800L x 700W, 1800L x 800W
  • Five desktop colours available: white, maple, wenge, salvage oak, dark oak
  • Optional modesty panel
  • Laminate desktop finish
Just Right Height Adjustable 2 Person H-Bench Workstation - Black Frame $1,317 5 years
  • Best Price Guaranteed
  • Steel black powdercoated
  • Four desktop colours available: white, maple, salvage oak and dark oak
  • Six sizes available
  • Straight edge
  • Laminate desktop finish
San Fran Executive Setting - Chrome Frame $1,529 10 years
  • Executive setting
  • Available in two sizes: 1600L x 800W and 1800L x 800W
  • Available in three desktop colours: white, maple, wenge
  • Optional modesty panel or storage units
  • Powder coated steel leg finish
Horizon Quadro A Leg Office Desk $748 10 years
  • Strong, well-designed desk
  • Available in multiple colours and sizes
  • Optional floor based screens
  • Laminate desktop finish
Switch Executive Corner DeskCorner Desk - Black Frame $1047 10 years
  • Premium, executive desk
  • Available in multiple colours and sizes
  • Best Price Guaranteed
  • Right or left hand return
  • Optional modesty panel
Switch Executive Desk $634 10 years
  • Best Price Guaranteed
  • Available in 8 sizes
  • Simple yet high-quality desk
  • Laminate desktop finish
Just Right Height Adjustable Desk - Black Frame $670 5 years
  • Affordable, well-made design
  • Best Price Guaranteed
  • Available in six sizes
  • Five desktop colour options: white, maple, wenge, salvage oak and dark oak
  • Steel black powdercoated
  • Laminate finish


 8. Honesty and Transparency

There aren’t many people who would claim not to value honesty and transparency, yet they have remained scarce in many workplaces for some years. Think of how many problems could’ve been more quickly resolved, how many passive aggressive comments could’ve been avoided, and how much better if would’ve felt to know exactly where you stand with your boss.

In 2019, honesty and transparency will make a long-awaited comeback, with H.R. departments, executive teams and companies making a concerted effort to have more straightforward and productive interactions with staff. With any luck, this will extend to interactions with customers and clients, too. Read more on the importance of honesty at Influencive.

9. Flexible Working Hours

While there are some jobs, such as nursing and those within the hospitality industry, that require certain start and finish times, for many others the rigidity of the nine to five day is simply outdated. Rather than encouraging employees to work efficiently, enjoy a healthy work/life balance and work in a way that suits their productivity, nine to five locks them in, encouraging them to fill out the day and work at a suboptimal pace.

Flexible working hours can mean many things, but primarily refers to enabling staff to work at times that suit them, within certain parameters and depending on the time of year. It might mean starting work at eight and leaving at four, or could mean working afternoons at home. As processes become more advanced and streamlined, flexibility at work will become a key part of employee satisfaction. Read more about working with a flexible schedule here


10. Smart Furniture and Accessories

The large majority of workplaces now rely heavily on technology, whether it be industry-changing machinery or simply the prevalence of online bookings. As technology changes, so too do the ways in which we work, interact with clients and run businesses.

Smart furniture is the merging of furniture with technology, and has been described as the future of furniture. Some roles, positions, companies and industries have grown to rely on smart technology to function efficiently, while others haven’t had the need to explore these alternatives. As our technology advances, these smart furniture and accessories will become more mainstream, just as the technology we take for granted today was once obscure.

In 2019, expect to see the rise of:

  • Desks with charging stations
  • Cafe furniture with built-in speakers
  • Multi-media tables
  • Advanced speakers
  • Gesture controlled chairs
  • The rise of products such as Google Home and Amazon Alexa
  • Charing stations
  • Wemo light switches
  • Smart power strips
  • Security devices

Read more on how to get your employees to embrace workplace technology at Digital Pulse


Time to Get Started!

As you settle in to the new year and any potential new roles, keep these trends in mind. By making the effort to be healthy, work smarter, get things done and become more efficient, you’ll be able to make 2019 the best year yet. From all of us here at Jason L, we wish you a fantastic year!


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