With estimates suggesting absenteeism costs the Australian economy $44 billion a year, it’s no wonder that wellness has become a new focus for many commercial building owners. Wellness as a design principle is a logical follow-on step from the many wellness programs that are becoming increasingly common in different workplaces and organisations.
If you’re interested in considering incorporating wellness in your next commercial interior fitout, here are a few ideas to consider.
When there’s so much to consider for your commercial interior fitout, considering all the latest building trends can feel overwhelming. However, there are several simple ways to incorporate wellness design elements into your commercial building without adding stress to the fitout design process.
For example, using furniture that can be easily rearranged for different purposes and in different configurations can benefit employee wellness by offering your team a greater sense of control over their workspace. This is especially the case if they also enjoy flexibility in where they can work.
A sense of connection with other human beings is another important wellness factor. This can be achieved with communal spaces that are designed to encourage interaction during work, during breaks, or both. Even traditional communal spaces such as your staff kitchen can be designed to achieve this goal.
Making staircases a central feature – both literally and metaphorically – in your design is another simple wellness design feature. Rather than leaving your stairs down the sides as an emergency exit option, a central staircase can be leveraged to promote wellness as its location means employees are more likely to use the stairs rather than the lifts.
Other simple design tweaks that get “back to nature” (including timber walls or floors, maximised natural lighting, and even indoor plants or water features), can also help to boost wellness.
Premis Solutions has a strong track record delivering commercial interior fitouts for a range of Australian businesses. You can see examples of our work here.
Contact Premis today to discuss your next planned commercial interior fitout.