It’s no surprise that when a person feels genuinely cared for, they also feel inclined to reciprocate the same gesture. It’s no different in a professional workplace setting. Employees that feel valued by their respective company are more engaged, strive to exceed goals and contribute their best to the company’s overall success.
Traditionally, employee-centric companies focus on demonstrating their care for the physical, emotional, social, and mental needs of employees (as a whole person) by offering flex-time, wellness plans, recognition programs and the like. But looking at the overall well-being of an employee also means it’s important to meet those needs within the workplace environment itself on a day-to-day basis. Employee-centric workplace design is the best way to meet those needs and it not only makes employees feel valued and cared for, it provides three additional benefits:
Develops Stronger Relationships
Collaborative spaces – According to the 2016 Gensler research findings, the most innovative employees spend almost half of their time working in collaboration with others, either in person or via technological devices. Designing a space that invests in the individual employees, allowing them ease of collaboration and choice in where they work helps to foster strong working relationships.
Amenity spaces – Gensler has also found that successful employees have 2 times more access to amenities. Designing several spaces for employees to work in is great, but designing additional spaces for them to unplug from work is very beneficial. These spaces provide time for employees to build inter-personal relationships at the workplace and demonstrates that the company cares for the individual on a personal level by giving them some personal space and time.
Connection/Purpose – The study also demonstrates the importance of designing a space that helps employees feel a strong connection to their managers and the company’s overall mission and impact on the community at large. This connection not only builds stronger relationships with individuals, but strengthens the relationship of the employee to company.
Promotes Overall Health
Support station design – The Ted Moudis Workplace Report has found that “convenience is no longer king” when it comes to support stations. It’s a widely-known fact that over two-thirds of the workforce is disengaged from their work, and workplace stress is on the rise, afflicting 8 out of 10 workers. To combat stress and disengagement, well-purposed space for communal technology is now designed with exercise in mind. Instead of having a printer at each employee work station, a centralized location encourages healthy and frequent movement throughout the work day, improving overall health and aids in refocused engagement.
Incorporate nature – “Biophilic design (designing a space that connects people to nature) can reduce stress, enhance creativity and clarity of thought, improve our well-being and expedite healing,” according to Browning, Ryan & Clancy in the 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design. So naturally, workplaces that incorporate nature in their design respectively improve the overall health and well-being of its employees.
Work space adjustability – The Gensler report has also found that employees work better in spaces that are more easily adjustable as it’s one of the key factors for consideration in workplace design. Adjustability not only creates ease of utilization at a workspace, it also promotes improved health of employees by its ability to be customized to an individual’s posture. Good posture and healthy physical workplace practices create comfort, reduces stress headaches and also contributes to overall health.
Choice – Gensler’s research study states that “Innovative companies are 5X more likely to have workplaces that prioritize both individual and group workspace.” As stated earlier, almost half of an innovative employee’s time is spent working in groups, which naturally means that almost half of their time is spent doing the opposite. The secret to helping your employees succeed in both of these endeavors is to create more functional workspaces, allowing them the choice to move freely from individual focused work stations to collaborative workspaces. The fact that they are able to make these choices promotes innovation.
Purposeful use of space – Overall, the results of the Gensler study have proven what we’ve believed to be true all along: The design of a workplace has a direct effect on a company and its employees’ innovation and creativity.
“On average, employees at innovative companies have better-designed, more functional workspaces that unlock creative potential,” says Diane Hoskins, co-CEO at Gensler. “Employees truly flourish when they have room to not only collaborate but also have space to focus, and are empowered to work when and how they work best—both within their workplace, and in other locations outside it.”
Why is all of this important?
Designing an employee-centric workplace helps to meet the needs of the employees collectively and as individuals, aiding them to become the best versions of themselves. When a person is at their best, they perform their best. Knowing that the company cares about their workspace needs, yields stronger workplace relationships, healthier employees, and unlocks creativity and innovation.
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About the Author
Heather Nemoir, IIDA, is Partner and General Manager at Corporate Design Interiors whose goal is to help clients realize the possibilities through innovation in their workplace environments. She holds a B.S. Degree in Interior Design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is NCIDQ Certified #026717.
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