A Healthy Workplace Is A Happy Workplace
To reverberate the idea of how important the mental and physical health of employees is to an organization, an office should be equipped with flexible spaces and programs for employees to be able to focus on their health, even if they are not at home. For instance, a room that can flex from a yoga/meditation room to a prayer room allows a safe place to reflect. Or spaces like game rooms and music rooms that cater to the interests of employees and allow them the time and space to enjoy their home activities while at the office. With spaces like these, employees are given a chance to decompress during the day without leaving the office, which can ultimately spark creativity or simply be a quick respite from a busy workday.
Aside from recreational spaces, recognizing that people have unique skill sets and preferences is significant as employers build a strong team. Rather than offering a plethora of desirable amenities, it is important to take it a step further and offer spaces that consider a larger spectrum of cognitive function. Areas within an office that are distinct provide support for different workstyles and neurodiversity. Employees that have access to different atmospheres within the office allow them to work in a way that best suits their needs. From specific sensitivities to light and noise, universal design strategies are a go-to in fostering an inclusive workplace. Curating spaces that offer a balance for everyone is similar to writing music – there are crescendos and decrescendos – moments where energy is elevated contrasted by moments of peace. By offering various options between spaces, employees can feel supported and work in a way that aligns with their needs, enhancing the work experience.