How Employee Well-Being Is Impacted by Space

The modern office has undergone a number of different evolutions over the past 20 years. The early 2000s witnessed the death of the cubicle which was supplanted by open floorplans, and then in 2015 foosball and ping pong tables could be found in offices everywhere. Although office trends are always coming and going, there is one thing that doesn’t ever change and that is the impact that an office environment has on employee wellbeing and health.

High-quality workspace designs, many created with the help of professionals like Fourwalls, can result in a more productive and less stressful environment for employees. It is critical for employers to consider their employees’ physical working environment.

The Fellowes Workplace Wellness Trend Report states that employees want to work in an environment that is healthy. The following are some of the survey’s key findings:

  • A majority (87%) of employees want their present employer to provide healthier workspace benefits, which range from ergonomic seating to healthy lunch options, sit-stands, company fitness benefits, and wellness rooms.
  • Interestingly enough, employees of newer companies are not as likely (34%) to be rejected when requesting in-office benefits such as sit-stand desks, compared to employees who work at more established companies (42%).
  • Within the tech industry, 93% of employees state that they would work longer at a company that provided healthier workspace benefits to them, with the options ranging from ergonomic seating to healthier lunch options, company fitness benefits, and wellness rooms.

Nearly a third of our lives are spent in the office. For employers to find and keep top talent, it is critical for companies to cultivate an environment that helps to empower individuals with the correct space to naturally collaborate, think, and work. Seventy percent of today’s offices are open-plan. Although an open-plan layout can be great, it must be implemented properly with employee happiness and productivity in mind. From providing quiet spaces to meditate in to private rooms for taking calls and comfortable, fun areas to promote collaboration, it is critical to consider building office space with various environments that can help to maximise employee wellbeing and health.

Air

The air quality in an office can significantly impact the health of your employees and, as a result, their productivity. Research conducted by the World Green Building Council achieved an 11% productivity increase as a result of reduced pollutants and an increased amount of fresh air into the workstations.

Water

Human brains are comprised of 73% water, and therefore water consumption helps to improve energy levels and sleep quality, in addition to our alertness and awareness, clarity of mind, and ability to focus. In turn, that helps us be more productive with our work.

Nourishment

Everyone is familiar with the adage “You are what you eat,” and the saying can be particularly true within the workplace. The foods that your employees eat are what power and fuel their days in the office. If you would like your employees to feel productive, focused, and energised, then you want them to at a balanced and nutritious diet that provides them with all of the nourishment that their bodies need in order to be successful.

Light

Cornell University’s Department of Design and Environmental Analysis conducted a study that showed that employees who sit within 10 feet of a window were reported to have an 84% decrease in blurred vision symptoms, headaches, and eyestrain.

Comfort

The office and other workspaces should be places of comfort. Using the proper ergonomics can help to reduce muscle fatigue, reduce serious musculoskeletal disorders (MSDS), and increase productivity, which are the most common causes that are reported to cause lost work time in the workplace.

Mind

A Workplace study conducted by the Global Impact of Biophilic Design showed that employees who work in areas with natural features report overall wellbeing levels that are 15% higher. The respondents in the study also expressed that they felt 15% more creative and 6% more productive at work. If an office’s interior design takes into consideration the occupants like providing social space and break out space, improvements are made in creativity, confidentiality, collaboration, and concentration.

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