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What can landlords do to promote health & wellbeing in the workplace?

Friday 17 May 2019

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By Olivia Dunn

Health & wellbeing is becoming increasingly important, with the places we live and work having a significant impact on this. As a result, consumers have never been so health conscious. It was reported by New Global Wellness Institute that the wellness market is growing at a rapid rate, increasing by 12.8% since 2015 to be worth $4.2 trillion in 2017. With this rise in awareness and growing national trend, it has led many property companies to thinking about how urban spaces in which people live and work can impact an individual’s health and wellbeing.

As it is Mental Health Awareness week (13th- 19th May), it felt appropriate to explore how property landlords can/are promoting health and wellbeing within the workplace, given the substantial amount of time spent at work. This blog will explore the importance of design, space and facilities within a working environment and how they can substantially improve workers’ wellbeing.

Design of space:

The design of space is key for promoting happiness and wellbeing, through making working life easier. While factors such as convenience and a safe, secure and clean environment are of high importance in facilitating good mental health, so is the ability to promote active lifestyles for workers. This could include converting parking spaces into bike storage, or providing showers to help accommodate for cyclists and runners, and thereby encourage participation in exercise. A good example of this is that of the Alphabeta Building in Finsbury Square, which provides a cycle ramp through the building to allow cyclists to enter without getting off their bike.

In addition to promoting fitness, it is also important that office design incorporates quiet spaces and communal break out areas to maximise productivity and collaboration. An appealing environment to do this in such as the inclusion of potted plants and sofas, will in turn help increase the happiness of workers.

Alphabeta office bike ramp   Source: Evening Standard

 

Creating green spaces:

Investing in ‘greening’ areas is another method for promoting wellbeing through facilitating a pleasant environment in which workers want to spend time in when away from their desks. Research shows that green spaces possess a range of health benefits, including reducing tiredness, stress, headaches and enhancing mental wellbeing. British Lands’ Broadgate development is implementing this with plans to develop a new landscaped park in Exchange Square, to provide four times more green space to the area, including planting, parkland and water features.

Broadgate’s proposed parkland area   Source: Property Week

 

Providing the right mix:

Finally, there is scope for landlords to repurpose space, to create an environment in which the right leisure, catering and retail mix all work in cohesion, to provide a destination that people want to work and spend time in outside of work hours. It is important that this reflects the demographic in which it serves, for example providing boutique gym studios would strongly align with young professionals, such as 1Rebel in Nova, Victoria.
Catering is also significant. Providing exciting, new, ‘pop-up’ street food which is affordable, healthy and indulgent, will entice workers from their workplace during lunch hours. Permeant caterers are equally as important in achieving this, for example where workers can purchase lunch time deals or sit and work in cafes. All of which, help to create an environment where people want to spend time and thereby drive dwell time.

What this means for businesses:

Research by British Land highlights that making improvements to the design and environment of workplaces could save UK businesses £6.3 billion’s worth of output which would have otherwise been lost due to time off work. Therefore, there is value in companies investing into such measures and as a result investing in their staff.
To discover how CACI can give you a greater insight into the future challenges for offices, get in touch with one of our experts.

As it is Mental Health Awareness week (13th- 19th May), it felt appropriate to explore how property landlords can/are promoting health and wellbeing within the workplace, given the substantial amount of time spent at work. This blog will explore the importance of design, space and facilities within a working environment and how they can substantially improve workers’ wellbeing

What can landlords do to promote health & wellbeing in the workplace?