PHYSICAL WELLBEING @ WORK
Static sitting can cause slowed metabolism, neck pain, back pain and reduced concentration, impacting mental and cognitive abilities. Engaging the body in movement is essential for supporting physical and mental vigor at work. Changing posture stimulates the mind. Employees are working longer hours, so it’s critical to offer a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces that offer posture choices and encourage walking to create energy. And as the workforce ages, we need to understand what other changes are necessary in terms of lighting, acoustics and adjustability.
COGNITIVE WELLBEING @ WORK
Information is coming at us at an intense pace. On top of that, our workplaces have become increasingly compressed and the open plan presents constant distractions. Our thinking is interrupted as often as every three minutes. Even brief interruptions of just a few seconds cause us to make twice as many mistakes. And after our focused work is interrupted, it can take up to 23 minutes to get back into flow—the state of being deeply absorbed in our work and focused. Creating spaces that support focus, respite and relaxation during the work day are essential to cognitive wellbeing.
EMOTIONAL WELLBEING @ WORK
Neuroscientists have learned that the quantity and quality of social interactions have significant impact on our wellbeing. When people don’t have enough quality interactions, they become more disengaged, which makes it harder to collaborate, innovate, solve problems and be open to change. Therefore, it’s critically important to ensure that people have meaningful connections to others, and understand that, wherever they are, they are valued in the organization. Creating places that allow everyone equal opportunity to communicate and contribute is essential to building the trust that is the currency of collaboration.