“Lots of people are buying flexible furniture, such as ergonomic chairs and standing desks. Standing and walking meetings are becoming increasingly common. Some employees have a treadmill in front of the computer so they can walk slowly while they work. It makes sense – healthier, happier employees improve profitability.”
There’s also greater awareness around choosing environmentally certified furnishings, wall paint and other materials that don’t contain toxins.
“On the whole, our tenants make their own decisions about the design of their offices, but we work a lot with environmental certification and we’re keen to ensure that our properties are good for people’s health. We always use environmentally certified wall paint and encourage our tenants to choose organic materials for furniture, rugs and curtains.”
Mental health is just as important as physical wellbeing, and the working environment can make a difference in this area too.
“We also need to think about employees’ emotional health, so it’s important to have meeting places at the office and allow space for social areas, but also to create spaces where employees can spend time apart from others and be by themselves.”
In essence, a carefully thought out office environment creates conditions for healthy employees and profitable businesses.
“If we create a place that’s pleasant to spend time in and attractive, it has a huge impact on our wellbeing; we feel better and more positive.”
How to build an office that improves health:
- Good ventilation
- Eco-friendly materials
- Plenty of natural light
- Gym/activity spaces
- Social spaces/quiet rooms