Are workers’ stress levels on the rise? Anecdotal evidence seems to say so. Global issues such as climate change, economic uncertainty and political strife can all contribute to a slow-burning underlying anxiety. And then there are the personal stressors we all face.
According to Gallup research, the evidence is more than anecdotal. The firm’s 2019 update on the world’s emotional state found that Americans’ levels of worry and stress reached new heights and showed no signs of easing.
Workplace studies points to several drivers of stress, including workload and job demands, concerns about the future and workplace politics — all of which lead to issues such as digital overload and pressure to produce.
Relieving workplace stress takes a thoughtful, multi-pronged approach. Office designers play an important role by practicing mindful design and promoting mindfulness at work.
To develop the kinds of workspaces that support mindfulness, designers can incorporate elements like these:
Quiet retreat: This stress-reducing enclave features the Massaud Work Lounge, a relaxing personal workspace that balances productivity and comfort.
Room with a view: Creating an intimate space within a public room, this Lagunitas Lounge System setting uses a calming combination of color, natural light and access to nature.
Take a break: With its fold-out chaise footrest, Hosu Lounge Seating inspires stress-reducing postures.
Slow motion: With its comforting form and residential style, the Montara650 Rocker celebrates the benefits of rocking at work.
Power of texture: Hand-tufted in 100% virgin wool, the Shadows Rug from the nanimarquina Collection for Coalesse features a textured foliage pattern that creates warmth and dimension.
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