The research found that these two groups are struggling with inhospitable working environments that do not support working out of traditional hours, painting a picture of cold, eerie and depressing offices with a limited access to facilities such as refreshments.
It would seem that some employers are missing out by failing to provide inspiring and supportive environments for their staff to work more effectively during their most productive periods of the day. When designing office space to support wellbeing and productivity, there are a number of key considerations.
For example, employee safety is paramount, especially those working in partially occupied buildings at either end of the day. Employers may benefit from ‘locking down’ remote floors to concentrate employees into key suitable coworking areas, whilst also investing in building surveillance and security, especially during the darker months of the year.
Through the integration of localised task lighting in general areas, layers of light can be used to create a harmonious environment for people to work in, meet in and even for live plants to thrive in.
For example, contrast and brightness ratios can be controlled for a zone to be used as a working space, but can then be simply switched to an event setting for an evening team meeting or social event.
It is important that the furniture selection accurately reflects the ethos of the workspace and meets the differing needs and requirements of a modern workplace. Acoustic quality is vital in ensuring that the space doesn’t just look good, but that it feels good when in use.
At SpaceInvader, we believe that focusing on wellbeing can result in improved productivity, increased morale, fewer sick days and higher staff retention. Our solutions are designed to support this and to enhance built environments, transform cultures, drive productivity, and empower employees.