Workplace experts, the Leesman Index, recently released insights from their groundbreaking global report, ‘The Next 250k’ which examines the impact of the workplace environment on employees.
The report draws on results from more than 250,000 employees (28% of which are based in the UK) in 2,200+ workplaces in 67 countries.
The modern work-force often undertakes a variety of different tasks over the course of a working day, and your workspace should reflect this fact. While one task may call for group collaboration, another may require more focused, solo work. Flexible workspaces which account for this diversity are crucial to optimise productivity and to foster a sense of wellbeing among employees.
As many employees are accustomed to sitting at their desks for eight hours plus a day, comfort is a crucial factor their wellbeing. What begins as mild-discomfort as a result of poor posture or an uncomfortable chair, can result in something much more serious if not addressed in good time. Employers should ensure that their employees are as comfortable in their work environment by investing in ergonomically designed office furniture and flexible sit/stand workstations.
Light, and natural light, in particular, is one of the important elements of a well-designed workspace. Scientific studies have proven that a lack of natural light can result in mood changes and sometimes to depression. An absence of natural light leads to a decline in serotonin, the soothing chemical in the brain, while an abundance of natural light has the opposite effect, leading to an increase in serotonin, and a corresponding improvement in mood. Employers sensitive to the wellbeing of their employees must ensure that they are exposed to ample natural light, or that they have the option to relocate to positions in the office which allow for natural light exposure if they so choose.