Gone are the days of the typical office building design being the equivalent of a glorified parking lot for people.  A workspace that is designed to foster productivity and well-being does not need to be a lofty goal, but it does require careful upfront planning.

Employees now recognize that the physical environment is as much a living representation of the company’s brand as they are themselves.  Space, technology, incentives, and access to resources are all productivity tools which should be designed with employees’ needs in mind. Space and incentivessuch as wellness perks—in particular, both work to promote well-being, and thus a happier and more productive workforce.

Angela Loder, an adjunct professor at the University of Denver, is quoted in the article noting three major aspects of healthy building research: materials and ventilation, daylighting, and access to nature.  She points out that keeping employees connected to the natural world leads to an increase in feelings of well-being, and even hope.  Buildings can be designed to inspire, feel magnetic,  and communicate brand values, which will keep your workforce happy, engaged, and highly productive.

Spend time carefully cultivating your ideal workforce, then give them the ideal place to thrive.

Source:  Russ Blinch | Healthy buildings: why workers are demanding sustainable offices | The Guardian | May 29, 2014

 

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