How efficient use of the workspace can aid employee wellbeing

Guest Blog By Lloyd Coldrick, Managing Director of Cobus

 

Creating a space in which people can flourish is becoming a priority for many businesses, with more and more emphasis being placed on engagement and its link to productivity and wellbeing.

 

 

Gone are the days of the traditional 9 to 5 job, as more employees stay connected to their work around the clock through digital technology such as smartphones and tablets.

 

Therefore, it is fundamental employees have a workspace environment that safeguards their health and wellbeing.
The old expression ‘you get out what you put in’ is very accurate when creating a positive workplace environment. For instance, if an office is designed to reflect the needs of those working in it, it can reap many rewards. Ultimately, designing a space to promote wellbeing will in turn boost company growth.

 

With this in mind, shifting to an office environment with a more open, human-centric approach can significantly boost mental wellbeing.

 

As humans, we have a deep-rooted biological connection to nature, so outdated, cubicle style office designs, therefore, can affect our overall health and wellbeing.

 

It’s no secret stress-related illnesses are a major contributor of disease, but when we think of nature, it provokes thoughts of an environment full of calmness and relaxation.

 

In fact, research into the health benefits of nature in the workplace, carried out by Bill Browning, founding member of the US Green Building Council’s Board of Directors, and Sir Cary Cooper, CBE Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University, found an overwhelming increase to employees’ wellbeing.

 

Incorporating direct or indirect elements of nature into the workplace were found to reduce stress, blood pressure levels and heart rates, whilst increasing productivity and creativity.

 

Another growing trend in boosting employee wellbeing and morale in the workplace is the ‘Resimercial’ office design, which creates a more homely and welcoming atmosphere through open spaces and large furniture, such as sofas, to help stimulate focus, inspire collaboration and establish an inclusive company culture.

 

Collaboration comes more naturally in a workspace where there are no barriers and the frequent sharing of ideas significantly boosts productivity and team spirit, thus enhancing wellbeing.

 

Research from the Harvard Business Review has found that open and shared workspaces are shown to reduce stress and depression, while also increasing employees’ overall mood. As much as 83 per cent of employees reported that they have felt less lonely since working in a shared workspace, while 89 per cent reported they have been happier since using one.
This comfort, in turn, leads to greater productivity and quality of work, all while protecting and promoting employee wellbeing.
An open office can also enhance employee motivation, as working with like-minded people in a fast-paced environment can nurture and inspire their emotional drive to succeed.

 

A breakout zone offers similar functionality, allowing employees to relax away from the wider workspace, thus improving wellness and alleviating stress. These spaces can also be used as ‘quiet areas’, where employees working overtime can unwind and break up their shift.

 

Overall, we’ve come a long way from the boxed-up cubicle-style workspaces that were commonplace in the 80s and shifted towards spaces that value groups over individuals.

 

A thriving collaborative environment brings with it people who are all striving towards common goals and objectives, whilst nurturing wellbeing and enhancing productivity.

At Cobus, we’ve been designing and fitting interiors for businesses of all sizes across the UK for over 40 years, and always with a strong ethos on promoting a positive workplace environment.

 

Empowering businesses with the highest quality office solutions will in turn lead to greater productivity and quality of work, all while protecting and promoting employee wellbeing.

 

Lloyd Coldrick is the managing director at Cobus. He has been with the company for ten years and is highly experienced in creating inspiring spaces for the educational sector. For more information on Cobus, or if you would like to talk to Lloyd directly, email lloyd@cobus-spaces.com. Alternatively, call 01452 418789.

Author: Editor

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