Team well-being for sustainable growth
People are the lifeblood of any business. No matter how automated our world becomes, it will always be people that make the real difference to a company’s growth and success. Workplace design company Evoke Projects examines the effect of team well-being on business growth.
With so much of our life spent at work, our well-being will undoubtedly affect our performance. The Workplace Design for Well-being report by Haworth is interesting as it reports how companies perform better and have stronger teams through workplace well-being initiatives.1 Their report states that when health and well-being are actively promoted in an organisation:
- The organisation is seen as 2.5 times more likely to be a best performer
- Employees are 8 times more likely to be engaged
- The organisation is seen as 3.5 times more likely to be creative and innovative
- The organisation is seen as 4 times less likely to lose talent in the next year.
Reducing absenteeism will contribute to business growth and lower operating costs. According to a recent Harvard Business Review case study, Johnson & Johnson’s leaders estimated that their wellness programs had cumulatively saved the company US$250 million on healthcare costs over the past decade.2
An engine for sustainable growth
Many factors can cause short-term growth but workplace well-being initiatives drive sustainable growth.
Glenn Llopis writes in Forbes about the traditional mindset of seeing health and wellness programs as a cost to a business when, in fact, they are “an engine for growth”.3 What a wonderful and insightful term! Llopis explains that “a growth-engine mindset asks: why wouldn’t we want to invest in individuals in every way possible?”.
This is backed up in the same article by MetLife’s annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study 2021: “Redesigning the Employee Experience: Preparing the Workforce for a Transformed World”. MetLife identified the top three factors that will affect the workplace of the future. Employee well-being is predicted to have the greatest impact (74%), followed by the ability for employees to work remotely (71%), and employee mental health, stress, and burnout (70%). Nearly three-quarters (72%) of employees rank work-life management benefits and programs among their top five desired benefits to improve well-being.
7 workplace design tips for better team well-being
For your next office fit-out or refurbishment, the workplace designers at Evoke Projects have these tips to improve well-being:
- Spend time in each work zone to assess the impact on mental health and well-being, listening to noise, re-enacting people’s workflow and observing light and temperature at different times of day. Soak up the atmosphere and imagine what motivators you could inject into your “engine for growth”.
- If you do not already have activity based work zones, create different areas in the office fit-out for focused work, collaboration, brainstorming, training, breakout, privacy and technology/printing.
- Invest in office furniture such as sit-stand desks, treadmill desks and ergonomic chairs.
- Improve air quality with an air filtration system, opening windows and natural plants. One plant for every ten metres is a good guide. Spider plants are low maintenance and look fantastic in pots or hanging baskets. Peace lilies are another easy office interior plant.
- Increase the opportunity for views and natural daylight exposure in your next office fit-out. Window blinds offer the flexibility to have light without glare at different times of day.
- Nature-resembling colours such as green, blue and brown positively impact employee well-being.
- The WELL Building Standard offers guidance for best practice workplace design. Developed over 10 years and backed by the latest scientific research, WELL sets pathways for better health and well-being across 10 core concepts: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Movement, Thermal Comfort, Sound, Materials, Mind and Community.
Link to https://www.wellcertified.com
Workplace well-being initiatives
A structured program to enhance the emotional, mental and general psychological well-being of all employees can be achieved through a formal Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Visit the EAPAA website for a list of members who can help you design an EAP for your business.
Link to https://www.eapaa.org.au/
For workplace design and fit-out ideas that improve team well-being, please call Evoke Projects on 1300 720 692.
Citing J. Parsons, M. Powell, and V. Culpin, 2012.
Citing L. Berry, A. Mirabito, and W. Baun, 2010