Safer healthier office design

Safer healthier office design

Given how much time we spend at work, our bodies are constantly exposed to the materials and furniture that have been installed in our office fit-outs.

The reduction of exposure to hazardous materials and ingredients is one of the aims of the WELL Building Standard® v2. WELL promotes healthy spaces that protect us from hazards, practices that can keep us well, and opportunities for us to connect with one another and live life to the fullest. This inspires our best work and our most productive selves.

Evoke Projects examines the recommendations for “Materials” under WELL v2 with recommendations for your next office fit-out or office refurbishment.

Office design can impact mental health

Office design can impact mental health

With around one third of our lives spent at work, it stands to reason that our well-being will be heavily impacted by our working environment. Evoke Projects has shared many tips on improving productivity and motivation with a new office fit-out or office refurbishment, but did you realise that our workplace can also have a dramatic impact on our mental health?

Sound minds are productive minds

Sound minds are productive minds

People can easily get distracted by noise within the office environment. Interior noise from speech and equipment has been shown to hinder productivity, focus, memory retention and mental arithmetic, while exterior noise from traffic and construction can be equally problematic. What can you do to create a quieter and calmer office design for your team?

Be active in the office

Get on up! Be active in the office

Most of us realise we should get more exercise. The Australian Government recommends that adults should be active most days and aim for 2 ½ – 5 hours of moderate exercise or 1¼ – 2 ½ hours of intense activity per week. It can be a challenge to fit exercise into a busy working week, so Evoke Projects looks at office design strategies to bring fitness to the office!

‘Fitness’ is one of the seven key building design concepts that can be benchmarked within the WELL Building Standard®. As 90% of our time is spent within the built environment, urban planning, building and office design strategies that encourage more physical activity or discourage sedentariness can promote a more active lifestyle.

When planning your next office fit-out or office refurbishment, you can use the suggestions below to achieve greater office wellness.

Furnished Your Office

We all care about financial sustainability… but what about social and environmental?

Evoke Projects examines sustainability in the workplace, both as part of corporate social responsibility and also as a way of reducing office costs. This article will cover the following topics:

  • What is your corporate social responsibility?
  • How office design is driving sustainability in the workplace
  • Sustainable ways to reduce your office costs
WHS considerations for office refurbishments

WHS considerations for office refurbishments

A new office fitout or refurbishment presents a fantastic opportunity to examine your business processes and look for ways to increase productivity and reduce costs. WHS best practice is constantly changing, so this is also a great time to reconsider your old ways of complying with the requirements.

In our final Workplace Health & Safety article, Evoke Projects offers some tips for reducing your future WHS risks through clever and creative office refurbishments.

office design

Is your office design increasing your employees’ risk of long-term illness?

This month, Evoke Projects will post a series of articles to help you manage your Workplace Health & Safety risks. This month’s 4 topics will be:

  • Using office ergonomics to reduce the risk of injury
  • Staying up-to-date with WHS requirements
  • Is your office design increasing your employees’ risk of long-term illness?
  • WHS considerations for office refurbishments

This week is the third article in the series, Is your office design increasing your employees’ risk of long-term illness?

WHS prevention

Staying Up To Date With WHS

This month, Evoke Projects will post a series of articles to help you manage your Workplace Health & Safety risks.

This month’s 4 topics will be:

  • Using office ergonomics to reduce the risk of injury
  • Staying up-to-date with WHS requirements
  • Is your office design increasing your employees’ risk of long-term illness?
  • WHS considerations for office refurbishments
office ergonomics

Using office ergonomics to reduce the risk of injury

This month, Evoke Projects will post a series of articles to help you manage your Workplace Health & Safety risks. This month’s 4 topics will be:

  • Using office ergonomics to reduce the risk of injury
  • Staying up-to-date with WHS requirements
  • Is your office design increasing your employees’ risk of long-term illness?
  • WHS considerations for office refurbishments

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