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Office Social Areas

Productive teams stem from strong working relationship, those that have a foundation of trust, a common purpose, and a real sense of community. This means that our social spaces provide a fundamental place for people to come together, connect and engage with co-workers. 

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As organisations continue to adjust and accommodate hybrid ways of working, purpose built social settings have an intrinsic role to play.  As well as a place to rejuvenate, these key spaces provide the opportunity for colleagues to come together, share ideas and collaborate on relaxed and impromptu basis, helping the whole organisation to become more dynamic. 


How to design an office social area

Multi-functionality is the key when creating an office social area, especially when space is limited. With a combination of soft seating, versatile surfaces, adaptable lighting and welcoming decor, the area can double as a place for informal meetings, training, collaborative working, office parties or workplace leisure activities such as yoga and gaming. 

Technology is vital to everyone, so connectivity and charging points will help to attract staff to your social area and ensure the space can be used for impromptu and relaxed meetings too.  Your social space is an opportunity to try out new decorative trends too, especially if you’re not yet able to complete a full office refurbishment,  biophilic design, eye-catching wall lights, graphics or adventurous colours and textures are all great considerations when modernising your space. 

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The benefits of a well-designed office social area

Time away from screens and regular opportunities to “decompress” are widely recognised as essential to physical and mental wellbeing in the modern workplace.  

According to office furniture maker Steelcase, 91% of employees say an area for relaxation at work is important to them. A purpose-built social space pays dividends for employers, boosting morale and wellbeing, leading to enhanced productivity, recruitment, and retention. Whether you are refurbishing your old office or creating a new one, we recommend adding social spaces to your floorplan.  


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Ready to explore the possibilities? A visit to our showroom in central Manchester is the ideal first step in discovering the benefits that and come from a newly designed social space.

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Social area furniture and technology

Social area furniture and technology trends means that you are likely to see a close resemblance to styles typically found in a homely environment within the office social setting Resimercial design elements help people to feel more relaxed, comfortable and at home in the space.

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