Becoming a bit of a buzzword in recent years, wellbeing is now firmly at the heart of a lot of business strategies.
We understand that having a workforce that’s physically and mentally healthy can have a huge benefits; including reducing sick days and boosting productivity. The reality is that our office design plays a core role in promoting wellbeing. People are going to feel happier to be in a bright office than working in a dingy cubicle, but it goes further than that.
Natural light and biophilia
Access to natural light and biophilic design elements like wood, plants and other natural finishes have been found to boost wellbeing - with tangible results. As humans, we feel more content and at ease when we’re close to natural elements, so incorporating these into an office design is increasingly common way to promote wellbeing.
It’s time to stretch
Health problems arising from sitting at a desk all day are increasingly highlighted by new research. Investing in quality chairs that provide support and reduce back problems is one way to alleviate some of these issues. If you need to make a business case for quality ergonomics, you could survey staff or talk to your HR team to find out what proportion of staff are taking time off or visiting the physio with back-related issues.
Don’t forget mental wellbeing
We shouldn’t forget wellbeing is about more than just physical and mental health. Psychologically, if we feel happy and empowered in our jobs then this will also boost our wellbeing. Providing workspaces that offer people the choice, variety and freedom to work how and when they want, for example in an Activity Based Workplace, will also boost their sense of wellbeing.
The ultimate workplace
Great office design is about creating workspaces that help people be their best. In order for someone to do their best work, an office needs to provide an environment which supports them both physically and emotionally. It should help them feel calm and collected, yet also inspired. A great office is a living place that continually evolves with your people and your brand.