Improving Mental Health in the Workplace with Creative Office Design
Mental health is something that we’re still getting to grips with as a society, so it’s unsurprising that office design which accommodates for mental health problems may take a little longer to follow suit. That said, with the war for talent on the rise, millennials choosing happiness over money, and creativity and energy being at a premium in the work arena, companies are starting to take these things into account when considering their office layout.
Recently, there has been a great deal of academic development relating to wellbeing in the workplace, much of which has informed and inspired some of the new design techniques and building features which aim to combat mental health problems. The common denominator of them all, however, is that employees are the key beneficiaries, all with a view to increasing creativity and productivity.
What is office wellbeing / mental health?
When we think of office wellbeing, you might immediately jump to things like energy and productivity but, in reality, these sorts of things should really be seen as upshots of office wellbeing. Office wellbeing proper should be thought of as controlling problems such as stress and depression, as it tends to be these problems which are the root cause of low energy and productivity levels in an office environment.
An office gym
Some companies may not be large enough or possess the resources to invest in a gym, but the payoff is clear. Recent studies have suggested that sitting still for extended periods of time with little to no exercise can lead to numerous health problems, so encouraging exercise – especially during work hours – is an excellent way to boost office wellbeing.
There are many arguments for and against an open-plan work setting, however, as of late, it seems that workers would rather strike a balance between energy and peace and quiet. This is where activity-based work settings (ABWS) come in. The idea behind ABWS is that they allow for a more varied work environment. That is, they include quiet spaces, creative hubs, standing desks and a network of spaces in between, all of which encourages employees to move around more.
Above all, ABWS affords employees with the luxury of choice, it allows them to escape the hustle and bustle or to enter a more social workspace as they see fit.
Get the right lighting
Vitamin D and, in turn, daylight are absolutely vital to general wellbeing, which is why getting the correct amount of daylight into your office space is vital too – especially in the winter.
Often forgotten, achieving a good level of air quality in your office can also aid in achieving better standards of mental health. Since poor air quality can lead to respiratory problems which can have a knock-on effect on mental health, it’s certainly worth making sure that your heating and ventilation systems are up to scratch.
If your office is in need of updating and refurbishment, the experts at CPS Interiors can help you effectively optimise the space available. A well-designed new office can have a great positive effect on your business, from improving staff wellbeing to creating a strong first impression for clients and customers. We offer comprehensive, professional interior services across Leicester, Nottingham, Derby and the surrounding areas, from full office fit outs to small scale improvements, like new furniture or flooring. For further information, get in touch with our friendly team today.