1. Growing awareness of health and wellbeing.
Changing attitudes and technology advances are making us more aware of our bodies and more proactive in monitoring our own health. While we’ve long known that employee health and efficiency are linked, with the increase of wearable technology offering round the clock monitoring employees are demanding that their health requirements no longer be compartmentalised to outside work time.
From a workplace design point of view, increasingly we are asked to design yoga spaces or quiet rooms into projects as employers recognise that introducing the right workplace design features to ensure your staff are fit for the future will have a lasting impact on employee performance.
2. Maturing workforce.
Not only in many Western cultures are we now an aging society, but people are choosing to work past the retirement age for the sake of pursuing supplementary careers. While the benefits of having an older and more experienced workforce are numerous, mature staffing comes with more demand on company healthcare provisions and as a preventative measure, employers are increasingly being pushed to advocate healthy work practices.
As well as providing wellness and health programmes, we’ve seen many employers putting their staff needs first and pursuing advise on how to create a workplace that is designed to be comfortable for older employees, seeking advise on solutions such as adjustable chairs and desks.
Aligned with this thought process we have recently been working with Arthritis Research UK, who wanted their people to be the main focus of their new office fit out. We assisted their team in designing a workplace that focused on supporting employee health and wellbeing, including a mix of flexible workspaces such as stretching and quiet rooms, the inclusion of flexible seating and desking, as well as developing their project in line with the WELL Building Standard.
3. Retaining talent.
As competition for top talent gets increasingly more and more competitive, salary is no longer enough to recruit the best.
Research shows that wellness agendas can make a difference when obtaining top talent. A recent survey conducted by Corenet Global, aimed at understanding the impact health and wellbeing have on the workforce revealed that 80 percent of employees agree that the wellness offering of an organisation will be crucial in attracting them to, or keeping them in an organisation within the next 10 years and an even higher percentage said they expected these programmes from their employers.
Wellness programmes as a retention tool are best targeted at physical workspace design-creating the right workplace design to deliver the right type of working and recreation space for your employees is considered to be the top priority amongst employees.
4. Employees Choice.
Employees are more demanding now more so than ever on their employers to keep them engaged and motivated at work.
In a digital age where employees now have their rhythms set by technology and an increasingly ‘always on’ culture it’s only fair that there is push back from employees to improve their quality of life whilst working.
Employment trends are showing a steady rise in the amount of employees placing higher value on non-financial factors such as flexible work facilities and becoming more critical and choosy about who they choose to work for.
Additional factors such as work- place sustainability ratings and office building performance scores are now considered important decision making factors for many millennials joining the workforce.
As wellness programmes rise in popularity, employee expectations will rise. Intelligent employers are those starting to think about wellness now for the benefit of their future.