Collaboration, health and well-being
A positive workplace culture will be enhanced by a workplace design that supports collaboration, health and well-being. An agile and flexible workplace would include quiet working zones, private meeting rooms, group meeting pods, open workstation areas and breakout spaces. A workplace fit-out that has well-designed breakout areas can help people feel “at home at work”, promoting better health and well-being.
Many workplaces expect employees to be available outside the traditional 9-5 workday. This requires some give and take to prevent staff burn-out. Encourage staff to take time out and recharge (not just the batteries on their iPhones!). Breakout spaces will double up as work areas because people just can’t help collaborating over a relaxing cuppa!
The WELL Building Standard has guidelines for workplace fit-outs that support health and well-being. There are ten concepts with distinct health intents: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Movement, Thermal Comfort, Sound, Materials, Mind and Community. All these concepts have elements that can contribute to people centric workplace designs and promote a positive cultural vibe.
Encourage movement at workstations and around the workplace with sit-stand desks, separate print rooms and water stations. Even a minor office refurbishment (e.g. a new meeting hub with exercise bike desks) or new facilities (e.g. fresh water drinking stations) can reinvigorate the workforce and improve the employee experience.