Workplace design that considers the psychological health of employees has been found to directly increase engagement levels and job satisfaction – ultimately leading to a happier, healthier and higher performing workplace. With an increasing focus on the mental health of people in their workplace, more emphasis is being placed on the connection between an employee’s physical work environment and their wellbeing.
Here are a few ideas of how you can incorporate wellbeing into the design of your workplace.
Lighting and air quality can have a significant impact on an employee’s health, mood and productivity. By incorporating elements of nature into the workplace – such as large windows providing access to daylight and views outside – employees will feel more connected to the outside environment.
Adding plants is another proven method to improve the wellbeing of workers, not only enhancing the overall ambience of a workplace, but also helping to improve air quality and assist with respiratory issues. Water features and open spaces can also contribute to a healthier and happier work environment.
Including a variety of work spaces that can be used for a range of purposes and interactions lets employees choose the work environment that best suits their needs. This allows employees to engage in planned or unplanned creative activity – either in solitude to support complete focus, or in a group setting that promotes collaboration.
Providing the physical spaces to facilitate creativity not only creates a happier and more engaged workforce, but also leads to increased organisational performance.
Providing the ability for workers to adapt and adjust their individual work space allows employees to feel a level of control over their work environment, leading to a number of benefits including job satisfaction and improved productivity.
For example, flexible task lighting can be provided to control the brightness and position of the light. Adjustable furniture can also be utilised, such as seating, work surfaces, shelving and computer monitors.
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