People are any business’ greatest asset. It follows that a healthy, happy workforce is a vital component of long-term commercial success. Employers increasingly realise that offering a good salary or pension is no longer enough. The brightest and very best talent wants to work in attractive environments that provide support and inspiration.
The link between employee attitudes and business performance has been understood for decades, but it is only in more recent years that the impact of workplace on wellbeing has become evident.
A growing body of research, including an evidence-based report published by the World Green Building Council, suggests that the physical work environment directly influences the health, wellbeing and productivity of workers. Furthermore, a great workplace influences staff attraction, satisfaction, efficiency and retention.
With staff costs, including salaries and benefits, typically making up about 90% of a business’ operating costs, it makes sense that even marginal improvements to worker productivity can turn into significant overall commercial gains.
WELL AND FITWEL CERTIFICATIONS
Wellbeing oriented buildings promote, or provide, a wealth of elements relating to welfare; from clean air, adequate natural light and thermal comfort, to ergonomically designed interiors that stimulate physical activity, healthy material selection, and access to clean water, wholesome food and exercise. Other important factors for creating a healthy working environment include the physical location of the building and easy access to amenities that could either be part of the workplace or located in the surrounding area.
When part of client’s objective, our accredited professionals and design teams help the workplace design achieve the highest possible levels of WELL, Fitwel, RESET and other wellbeing-related certifications. We advise multidisciplinary teams on what the certification means, what every individual credit requires and who is responsible for it. We manage the entire process and provide design recommendations.
THERMAL COMFORT AND INDOOR AIR QUALITY
Thermal comfort and indoor air quality are vital to wellbeing. The concentration of some pollution indicators can be two to five times higher indoors than outdoors. By maximising the use of fresh air, taking into consideration humidity and air motion, and designing effective airflow, our engineers ensure high indoor air quality. Thermal, acoustic and ergonomic comfort as well as water quality are other priority areas for optimising the work environment. Studies indicate a 10% reduction in performance at both 30°C and 15°C.