The technology industry is an insatiable beast nearing $4 trillion in annual spending—and growing. According to SpiceWorks, 44% of businesses plan to increase tech spend in 2020, up from 38% in 2019. The smart office concept is especially gaining traction, but what about smart design? Specifically, generative design? Generative design is a process that combines artificial intelligence with human intelligence to create a dynamic office space that most accurately reflects the specific goals and needs of the company and its employees. In other words, it’s the near perfect office. The process is quite simple. Data is collected via surveys, interviews and observations from the company and its employees to assess desired working conditions and values. Things that may be considered during this process:
- Traffic flow—Do certain positions like HR require (or want) to be closer to high-traffic areas and employees?
- Lighting—How much natural light is too much and does it negatively impact certain job functions? Do some employees prefer to be near windows?
- Privacy—Is there a preference between private, less-noisy areas versus high-interaction workspace?
- Sociability—Is there a desire for fun, communal space where employees can socialize and collaborate? Think game rooms, lounges, etc.
- Furniture—Understanding ergonomic preferences based on employee wellness.
- Amenities—What do employees need and want to achieve that work-life balance?
- Greenery—Something as simple as bringing the outside in or creating an outdoor space can have a profound influence on employee morale and production.