Creating a healthier workplace can cover many topics. Do we mean air quality of the building, employee satisfaction or the business bottom line? Yes, yes, & yes. Read on to learn how LEAP’s designs can holistically improve the health and productivity of your business.
Happiness is a Key Ingredient in Healthier Workplace
If your employees wake up in the morning and think to themselves, “Another day at the fart-factory”, (which is what my father snidely referred to the high school where he taught), maybe your space needs a little moral boost. So what goes into employee moral?
Well, job satisfaction and purpose are two of the big ones touted regularly. But we have a suspicion that even with all the purpose in the world, if you stick someone down in the window-less basement with Milton, their job satisfaction will be taken away, just as sure as his stapler.
Why should you care about your employees’ happiness? Well, in a 2010 review, Brent D. Rosso, PhD showed that having job purpose increased motivation, engagement, empowerment, career development, job satisfaction, individual performance and personal fulfillment, and decreased absenteeism and stress (Research in Organizational Behavior, 2010). Furthermore, organizations directly benefit from workers who are invested in their jobs, as they are most likely to build new products and services, attract new customers and drive innovation (Gallup, 2013).
Okay, so happy employees need job satisfaction, job purpose, and a great environment. Jane E. Dutton, PhD, a professor at University of Michigan can help your employees find meaning in their work; Purpose and Meaning in the Workplace, 2013.
LEAP Architecture will show you 6 important design concepts, creating spaces where people can’t wait to get to work!
LEAP’s 6 Concepts for a Healthier Workplace
Healthier Workplace: Increased Productivity
The 6 concepts above, work together to increase employee productivity and also client satisfaction. When employees feel better, they take fewer sick days and are more excited about their jobs. Did we mention that even Walmart redesigned their stores to incorporate skylights?
Good design reduces workplace stressors, such as:
- Sick building syndrome – where mold, pollen, material off-gassing and bioeffluence can build up
- Poor lighting – where space feel confined and may be too dim, create glare, or have flickering fluorescent lights
- Temperature gradients – sweltering or freezing, neither is comfortable
- Noise – where it sound like your co-worker is sitting inside your cubicle, or sound from machinery
Good news, LEAP isn’t alone in this mission of business health. There are at least 2 programs out there, International WELL Building Institute and Fitwel, offering guidance and certification for healthy building. The other good news is that LEAP’s commitment to human and environmental health is already built into our design approach!
How does your business environment stack up? If there are some areas that could use improvement, give us a call. We can help.