Business leaders, entrepreneurs and human resource professionals agree: Office design can increase happiness and productivity. At a minimum, workplaces should be comfortable and functional. At their best, they should be authentic places that help people stay engaged, remain productive and thrive. The 360 Steelcase Global Report: Engagement and the Global Workplace found the most engaged and satisfied workers are also the most
The office does more than provide a place to work — it can also deeply impact your mood and your productivity. Employees who have control over their workspaces are happier, healthier and, ultimately, more productive, says Meredith Wells-Lepley, Ph.D., senior research associate at the Institute for Workplace Innovation in Daily Worth. Whether they share an office or enjoy a private office, employees need
There’s an undeniable link between creativity and wellbeing in the workplace. As Steelcase research has shown, "people who are happier at work are more productive – they are more engaged, more creative and have better concentration." In today's competitive market, companies must create a culture of creativity and innovation to stay ahead. We believe achieving that culture begins with a focus on employee wellbeing. Office
Science proves what we already know to be true: nobody performs well under pressure. Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most by Hendrie Weisinger and J.P. Pawliw-Fry finds that judgment, decision-making, attention and performance decline for everyone while under pressure. But, don’t despair. Some people perform better than others under pressure, and these people have a
Giving thanks year-round can lift your spirits now and throughout the year. Because while the beginning of the holiday season is joyful to many, it can jumpstart a season of anxiety and sadness for others. Expressing gratitude and focusing on the goodness in your life increases positive emotions, improves your health, builds strong relationships and ups your ability to deal with
>Small companies are taking a page out the employee benefit playbook of tech companies by providing free drinks and snacks to employees. Silicon Valley has lots of dough to provide free food throughout the day — including meals— but chances are that’s beyond your budget. Luckily, you can design a program that meets your budget and is a good investment.
According to a Global Coworking Survey, the coworking industry has quadrupled during the last 5 years. Coworking spaces now number more than 10,000 globally, allowing people to share equipment, ideas, knowledge, and of course, space. They come in all shapes and sizes, but the best one for you will depend on your particular working style. Looking for a new place for you and
Office workers exposed to more light at the office had longer sleep duration, better sleep quality, more physical activity and better quality of life compared to office workers with less light exposure in the workplace, reports a study by Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois. Other research finds that access to natural light makes employees not only happier, but more
“Is sitting the new smoking?” asks a headline in Forbes. Martha Grogan, cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic and others think that too much sitting is as bad for your health. Standing desks may or may not be the cure, but these desks have other important benefits. I spoke with Jennifer Carpenter, of Jennifer Carpenter Architect, who designs workspaces for corporations and
Entrepreneurs looking to foster startup culture know a thing or two about great perks like free food. Hoping their "if you build it, they will come" attitude will draw talented rock stars, they splurge on organic treats and beer on tap. But much like families who eat dinner together at home, founders know that food provides more than nourishment: it's a reason to connect. Here's what (free)
Bringing nature into the workplace is not only a beautiful design element, but has been shown to reduce stress, minimize illness and enhance employee wellbeing. Whether your workplace has green spaces inside or access to green spaces outside, the impact is overwhelmingly positive. There are at least two factors that have influenced this focus on green offices: Years ago, workplace design pushed
Though ergonomics and sustainability have long been influencing workplace design, wellbeing is the most recent consideration making headlines when planning your space. Wellbeing is a holistic design focusing on the user, aiming to encourage healthy living by providing wellness programs, social interaction and supporting cognitive activities. Why Wellbeing? Healthy living is encouraged because it has been shown to directly impact productivity and creativity. But
As both emerging and established companies seek to infuse their workplaces with creativity, disruptive thinking and innovative products and services, founders and CEOs clamor to unlock secrets that might give them a competitive edge. And while the media touts flashy additions like slides and bean bags as the secret to success for some companies, we think there's more to it. Why wellbeing? We
It seems workers either love open offices or hate them. If you love them, you gush about the increased energy, collaboration, creativity and transparency that comes from impromptu conversations and lack of silos. If you hate them, you complain about decreased productivity, distractions and lack of privacy. The reality is that real estate prices are escalating, and open offices save money.
My name is Sayeh, and though most people wouldn't guess it, I'm an introvert. Despite being very outgoing and a little loud at times, it's important to remember that not all introverts are shy and timid—they just need a little more space and time away from people than their extroverted friends. In fact, you might be an introvert if you've ever felt