For workplace planners who need the facts to support their efforts to enhance worker performance by increasing contact with nature, this is a goldmine.
Researchers at the Institute for Work & Health compared workers in jobs that involved mostly sitting with those that required mostly standing. Standers had twice the risk of developing heart disease than sitters.
A combination of sitting, standing and moving on the job is the best approach for heart health.
Capital One asked 2,500 full-time office professionals about what workplace features were most important to them.
Survey results point to need for flexibility:
- 82% said workplace design influences innovation
- 82% said they have their best ideas in flexible workspaces
- 57% said their workplace does not support innovation
- 71% said workplace design is as important or more important than location when choosing an employer
- Most wanted design elements are natural light and art
- On-site food and beverages are more important than fitness facilities or even, surprisingly, quiet spaces.
Too much openness can cause workers to “do a turtle,” researchers say, and retrench and communicate less
Some the earliest adopters of open plan seating are struggling to accommodate the need for quiet and privacy. Meanwhile, others continue to plow forward with one-size-fits-all solutions.
When everyone is ‘remote’ at least part of the time, the whole idea of a remote worker is obsolete.
This is something I've been saying for years. Occupancy studies show employees are not at their desk more than half time. Whether they're 9 floors, 9 miles, or 9 timezones away, they are already working remotely. We need to shift the conversation to what we need to do to make them as engaged and productive as possible.