The trend towards addressing wellness at work has broadened; today, the focus is on wellbeing at work. It’s a subtle shift, but the idea is that wellbeing goes beyond things like ergonomics and incorporates the cognitive and the emotional aspects of being “well”. People who are static, overloaded with information and constantly stressed are less creative and productive. With so much time spent at work, it’s critical for organizations to consider physical, emotional and cognitive wellbeing when planning a workplace.

Physical wellbeing @ work | Movement is essential for supporting physical and mental vigor at work. And with longer working hours, it’s critical to offer a variety of spaces that offer posture choices and encourage walking to create energy.

Cognitive wellbeing @ work | Information overload, compressed workspaces and open floorplans present constant distractions. Creating spaces that support focus, respite and rejuvenation during the work day are essential to our cognitive wellbeing.

Emotional wellbeing @ work | Neuroscientists have learned that the quantity and quality of social interactions have significant impact on our wellbeing. You become more disengaged when you don’t have enough quality interactions, so it’s critical that you have meaningful connections to others and understand that you are valued in your organization.

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Most our day is spent working. Adding biophilic design elements into the workplace can help ease tension and improve productivity:

Organic colors and patterns
Airflow and ventilation that mimics nature
Visual connections to natural elements
Access to natural light & greenery
Variety of spaces that provide open views and enclosed settings