The untapped power of office spaces
“We now know that developers and architects can be more effective in achieving public health goals than doctors in white coats.” Dr. Richard Jackson, University of California Los Angeles School of Public Health
It’s no secret that millennials have been shaking things up, from workplaces to avocado orders, they get their fair share of stick for changing the general order of things. For employers, this has been both a blessing and a curse. The focus on mental health in the traditional working environment has gradually become more and more important. It’s not just because of millennials either, as research in Environmental Psychology has long argued that physical environments play a key role in promoting mental and physical health. For example, Leah Stringer, a workplace strategy expert and author of The Healthy Workplace, believes, “Human health should be the foundation of workplace design and of business because companies thrive on the innovation and abilities of their people, and if employees are sick, overweight, stressed, sleep-deprived or disengaged, they prevent the company they work for from thriving and maintaining a competitive advantage in the marketplace.” To further this research, Soma Analytics carried out a study in 2017 which showed that FTSE 100 companies that prioritise employee engagement and wellbeing outperform the rest of the FTSE 100 by 10%.
So how can you improve the mental wellbeing in your office?
Research has shown that air quality and lighting at work can have significant effects on brain function and productivity. Specifically, the lighting needs to be LED as the illumination quality is high and it is also energy saving. LED lights don’t flicker, even under high-speed camera. While often pictured to be bright white lights, LED’s can actually be mild or soft which makes them perfect for people who suffer from eye strain and migraines. Elliott offer LED lights as part of their 360 package, if you invest, not only will they cost you less in the long run but they will also boost productivity.
Most offices tend to choose a colour scheme that reflect their logo and more often than not, this ends up with a lot of blue, navy and black. Healthier work spaces need natural colours, for example, green is a mood enhancing colour and a well-known stress buster. You don’t have to completely redesign your office to introduce a bit of green though, introduce plants and art to encourage calmness and creativity.
A common theme amongst the highest performing offices were creative spaces. These are simply break out areas where employees can go to work, chat, recharge, snack, snooze, do whatever they want or need to be the best person they can at work that day. Spacelab’s Director of Workplace Consultancy says, "It is essential to provide spaces for collaboration and communication, while also enabling time and space for quiet reflection."
Elliott are proud to have built many fascinating office spaces from a huge four storey construction for the Jaguar Land Rover offices in Warwickshire to Goodrich’s single storey progress building in Wolverhampton. We can help you from the very start of your project with the most intricate details of design, to the more cosmetic finishing touches, get in touch to find out more.