The 5 Workplace Trends Making Waves in 2019

In 2019, workplace design is pushing the boundaries of what’s possible for our day-to-day, moment-to-moment lives. Thoughtful workplace improvements are building on the big and bold trends from previous years, taking experiential design and statement amenities to the next level.

These trends adapt the workplace to meet employees’ unique needs, preferences and behaviors, ensuring the improvements of years past can be used to their full potential. Statement-making amenities may get talent in the door, but retention requires delivering on the promise of these offerings and that’s exactly what 2019’s workplace design trends do.

What do Netflix, Postmates

and the modern workplace

have in common?

1. Workplace On Demand

From Netflix to Postmates to Google Home, the world has moved to an on-demand model, and the workplace is evolving to meet our expectations for speed and convenience. Peloton virtual spin instructors, temperature control, food, office maintenance, and even fuel delivery are all at employees’ fingertips.


Flashy amenities have long stolen the spotlight as workplace highlights, but as demands on executive mindshare multiply, a truly exceptional customer experience is the most sought-after offering of all. By delivering both seamless service and exceptional care, engineering and customer resource teams are raising the bar for what’s possible in the workplace.

3. Diversity In Dining

High-quality healthy food on site aids in employee satisfaction and productivity, but the benefits erode when your workforce tires of available offerings. From rotating food trucks to pop-up restaurant experiences to onsite microbreweries, creative solutions are bringing diversity to workplace dining.


Experience-driven spaces have been trending for years, but conference centers have historically remained technology-driven spaces more traditional in design. Opening up conference centers to the outdoors creates new engagement opportunities. Organic integration of the natural environment into the built one elevates the conference and event experience and stimulates more movement and interaction among attendees.

5. Next Level Inclusivity

For workforces to operate at their full potential, the workplace must go above and beyond to serve diverse individual needs. Employers are achieving this with workplaces that support the whole self through next-level inclusivity. Simple offerings can have a profound impact: mother’s rooms, accommodations for the neurodiverse and differently abled, and the Aira app for the visually impaired.

Irvine Company Office

As a long-term owner who continuously reinvests in its properties and services, Irvine Company has evolved traditional offices into something much more: vibrant workplace communities where collaboration is encouraged and creativity is enabled to elevate business success. The company serves more than 3,000 customers in 50 million square feet of premier workplace communities in Orange County, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley and San Diego, as well as iconic trophy towers in Chicago and New York. Timeless design and quality craftsmanship are paired with Irvine Company’s permanent time horizon, customer-centric brand and pride of ownership.

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