With companies increasingly recognizing that worker wellness affects tangible business outcomes, today’s thriving organizations are bringing employee wellbeing to the forefront. As a result, people-centric spaces and programming that support overall health are becoming essential to attract and retain top talent. In this month’s design news aggregate, we explore the transition toward healthier office environments and discuss their implications for the future.
Thoughtfully-curated settings that encourage wellbeing are more attainable than ever thanks to an influx of data-driven design strategies.
Work Design Magazine highlights several evidence-based practices and certifications—such as LEED and WELL building standards—for designers to consider. These methods allow employers and design professionals alike to implement a more purposeful approach to wellness. Work Design Magazine also predicts “The Value of Healthy People” as one of seven trends for 2018, underscoring the importance of this shift.
Biophilic design, which is inspired by nature, is one of the most prominent ways to enhance wellbeing. We explore biophilia at length here. One biophilic technique — embracing sunlight — is particularly prevalent, and more and more, employers are seeking natural light to create healthier environments.
Bisnow, for example, explores the transition from dark law offices to more open spaces with natural light and conference areas situated by windows. Adding to this concept, Co.Design suggests that settings with significant amounts of natural light are more than a perk, they’re essential for peak mental capacity. Moreover, Co.Design shares research on the negative effects of spending too much time in dimly lit areas.
In a list of seven ideas for boosting health and wellness, Work Design Magazine specifies providing adequate natural light and notes the enhanced productivity of those working near sunlit windows.
Mashable explores how modern workplace benefits focus on wellbeing, with top companies incorporating green sanctuaries and tree-filled atriums, state of the art fitness centers and yoga and meditation rooms. OrangeTheory Fitness, for instance, offers an Oasis – a lab, spa and recovery center for rest and rejuvenation.
As employers look to cultivate several types of wellness – including physical, mental, emotional and social – flexibility in the office is often a key consideration. Workplace Insight shares research indicating that US workers now prefer flexibility and personal development over status. Business Insider features Hubspot, recognized by Glassdoor as one of the best places to work in 2018, and discusses the company’s flexible culture and meaningful social connections.
While the workplace conversation has largely centered on millennials, Facility Executive proposes autonomy and choice as valuable for the modern workforce regardless of age. Expectations are changing across generations, and flexible working allows all employees to find a routine that best suits their individual needs.
Forward-thinking firms realize that promoting wellbeing is one of the main factors in having successful and happy employees. By incorporating fact-based design techniques, prioritizing natural light and offering flexible working and wholesome amenities, top organizations are establishing the means to prosper.
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