The worth of workplace wellbeing: why feeling good matters
Introducing environmental wellbeing measures for a health-conscious workforce is no longer a luxury – it is a core competency and can be highly cost-effective
In our personal lives, we have become ‘everyday athletes’ hooked on technology to track every health-conscious move we make – and this does not stop at the office reception. Everyday life and work-life have become pretty much one and the same, which means the office now has to cater for the emergence of a more health-conscious workforce – a shift that demands more investment from an organisation but can also bring significant benefits.
Most companies are familiar with the 3:30:300 principle that calculates, on average, how much is spent per square foot per year in an organisation. Typically, this equates to US $3 on utilities, US $30 on rent and US $300 on employee salaries. This shows that companies can make their most significant cost savings through people, not the building infrastructure which is where most organisations try to save.
Attitudes are changing
In many cases organisations considering wellbeing measures continue to face tough budgetary scrutiny. They need to prove the worth of workplace wellbeing. However, as more evidence in favour of mental and physical wellbeing becomes available, attitudes are changing and companies are realising that wellbeing can have real, tangible outcomes for their business. This growing evidence base also means that more is understood about the relationship between the physical environment and health than ever before.
Environmental monitoring in offices creates spaces that help, rather than hinder, employee health and wellbeing. Organisations can now measure – and improve on – the environment they provide for their workforce in terms of such factors as temperature, air quality, acoustics and lighting. This allows companies to design and orchestrate environments which actively promote healthy lifestyles and inspire employees to do their best work, often using an influx of sensors to gather data and making innate connections to nature in office interiors.
No longer a luxury
While a single organisation cannot take total responsibility for transforming the wellbeing of all its employees, it should nevertheless take practical steps to support a social agenda at work that is growing in popularity and importance. Having the right digital tools, technologies and systems to enhance physical and mental wellbeing is no longer an employee luxury – it is becoming a core corporate competency.
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