We found a doubling of cognitive performance scores for people who spent time in the optimized green building environment compared to those same people when they were in the conventional office building, an indoor environment designed to simulate the conventional office building.
The cognitive areas most responsive to a healthy environment are information usage, crisis response, and strategy. All three are closely tied to productivity.
The study examined of the relationship between access to workplace amenities and leisure-time physical activity for Canadian adults (59K surveyed).
Essentially this very robust study shows a 15% increase in physical activity for each amenity—such as walking tracks, gyms, changing rooms, etc. So if you build it, they will come.
Give yourself permission to prioritize your time.
I'm going to try it: 1) Define what success feels like 2) Be honest about "must do" activities 3) Under-schedule your calendar 4)
Decline activities and tasks that aren't aligned (whew, that's a biggie for me) 5) Savor the beauty every day. I'd add, do something nice for someone or something with your extra mental capacity.
New pressures on their teams are leading organizations to offer balanced and flexible work settings that adapt to rapid change.
Case studies of collaborative/mixed spaces in the US, UK, and Korea spanning tech, energy, and media sectors. The common themes are: More amenity space and emphasis on collaboration.
Twas the night before move day when all through the place, my people were sobbing, "we’ll hate the new space." ...
Twas the night before move day when all through the place,
my people were sobbing, "we’ll hate the new space."
The boxes were stacked by the windows with dread,
with hope that the movers would no-show instead.
The workers made busy in spite of their fears,
but that’s not to say there weren’t a few tears.
When out in the cubes there arose such a clatter,
I sprung from my desk to see what was the matter.
When what to their crestfallen eyes should appear,
but a full crew of movers; the future was clear.
As we boarded the buses to see the new space,
I realized the problem, we’d not made the case.
"Why must we do this? What’s in it for me?"
If we wanted them happy, those answers were key.
On HR, on FM, on IT, and the rest,
we must band together and give it our best.
From the top of the org chart, to the bottom, for all,
the workplace is changing...let’s rise to the call."
"There’s no need to worry, this has been done before.
You’ll love all the choices for working and more."
"It isn’t a matter of when, where, or how,
it’s already different, the future is now."
"Fewer than 20 percent of American office workers take a lunch break, partly because the average workplace doesn’t have a lunch room. Architecture firm Snøhetta has designed its own offices to accommodate this important activity and make it the central focus of the workday."
Breaking bread together has been a bonding event since humans first walked the earth. A recent study (not mentioned in the article) showed a significant increase in call center productivity after simply arranging shared break times. I'd love to see more research in this area.
ANZ Bank transformed staff engagement and productivity by implementing a ‘Playbox’ of different furniture and technology to match different ways of working."
New strategy offers 14 different work settings. In addition to $ savings, engagement increased in one group from 30% to 90%.
Late last week – my husband would say, on a whim, I decided that what I needed most was time off from work. The inspiration was this TEDx talk by Stefan Stagmeister, who takes an entire year off every seven years.
And I thought I was bold taking this week off. Well sort of, I worked mostly half days. Still, it's been a much needed relief following a grueling Fall of speaking/travel.
Today, there is an emerging opportunity to use workplace design to promote a holistic state of well-being for people at work. When organizations provide work environments that support user control, natural elements and daylight, and changing postures, they address the physical and psychological health of people—enhancing engagement, creativity, innovation, and retention. Good workplace design fosters well-being—which leads to success for organizations.
A great read from one of the most respected workplace strategy researchers. It's very much in line with the results of our Workplace Wellness Calculator which shows, the CBRE WELL certification cost only $51 per employee over LEED Gold (over 15 year amortization period).
What that means, among other things, is that if:
- .9 employees stop being obese or don't become obese, OR
- 1.2 employees stop being chronically stressed, OR if
- .9 employees stop smoking, OR
- .5 employees stop being depressed, OR
- if employees increase productivity by .25 minutes per day, OR if
- .1 fewer people leave the company for health reasons
the WELL investment has paid for itself.
It seems hard to believe, but I'd be happy to share the simple math with anyone who asks.
Three easy-to-implement virtual team building activities & games that help you increase trust and build great relationships with your remote employees.
With over 50% of employees not at their desk during the day, virtual team building is becoming more and more crucial for both on-site and off-site staff.