Going Green Does Improve Cognitive Function

Going Green Does Improve Cognitive Function

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.

Worth reading: HBR article on the beauty of under-scheduling.

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.

“Twas the Night before Move Day” a new take on an old verse for workplace strategists

“Twas the Night before Move Day” a new take on an old verse for workplace strategists

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."

Should the Lunch Break the Central Focus of a Workplace? This firm says ‘yes’.

"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.

Successful consultant walks the walk after watching TED: The Power of Time Off

Successful consultant walks the walk after watching TED: The Power of Time Off

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. 

Workplace Design for Well-being

Workplace Design for Well-being

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.

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