The modern office has changed a lot over the last 20 years. The cubicle farms of the past were killed in the early 2000s and there was a rise in open floorplans. 2015 brought foosball and ping pong tables into the office. While many office trends come and go, there is one constant and that is the impact the work environment has on the health and wellbeing of employees.
When employees spend their day in a quality workplace, they have lower stress levels and will be more productive. The physical work environment of employees needs to be taken into account by all employers. It is important to note that employees also want a healthy environment to work in, according to a Wellness Trend Report.
There are some other findings from the report which are interesting, such as:
- A large majority of workers (87%) would like employers to offer healthier workplace benefits such as wellness rooms, sit-stands, ergonomic seating, company fitness benefits and healthy lunch options.
- Younger companies are less likely (34%) to turn down employees who ask for in-office benefits such as sit-stand desks compared to their older and more established counterparts (42%).
- The vast majority of tech industry workers (93%) have said they will remain with a company who offers them healthier workspace benefits such as company fitness benefits, ergonomic seating, healthy lunch options and sit-stand desks.
As a third of our lives are spent in the workplace, for companies to retain talent, businesses need to have an environment that empowers people through the right workspace. Around 70% of modern offices are now open plan and this can be a great layout to use. However, the layout does need to be correctly implemented to promote productivity as well as employee wellbeing. Fortunately, there are a lot of … Read the rest