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It’s been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted our lives and the after-effects have had a huge impact on the way we travel, socialise and work. For some office providers, it was a steep learning curve as many businesses embraced the concept of remote working for the first time ever.
Workers across Africa who were forced to adapt to new methods of communication and new technology while working from home are now back in the office, with a greater appreciation of working in an environment where they feel comfortable and safe. Offices that are modern, well designed and more engaging are now more sought after and these insights are influencing the future of the workplace globally, with greater demands for a more permanent change in the way we approach work and workspaces as a whole, placing greater emphasis on employee wellbeing.
Hybrid workspaces have captured the public imagination as a perfect balance between the comfort and safety of working from home, and the valuable direction and sense of community that a traditional office environment can provide.
The following article explains how businesses can use office design to support the mental and physical health of employees during their time in the workplace.
While the importance of workplace wellbeing has been increasingly acknowledged in office design over the past few years, COVID-19 has highlighted the crucial impact of occupant wellbeing on how effectively a workplace functions.
With businesses refocusing on the needs of individual employees and a wealth of new information emerging on the pros and cons of remote working, we’re considering how businesses can use office design to support the mental and physical health of employees during their time in the workplace. Skip to the bottom of the page and click the link to watch the full video from the Future Office series.
In the most recent instalment of our Future Office series, Oktra’s Head of People and Workplaces Lorna Killick, Sustainability and Compliance Manager Didi Kingma, and founder of Work in Mind Joanna Watchman discuss the kinds of design features that promote wellbeing in the workplace and why they matter, especially in light of COVID-19.
They explain the importance of workplace wellbeing and reveal how we can group the factors contributing to an occupant’s overall experience into four main categories: the physical, environmental, psychological and social, considering how businesses can use these factors to improve the wellbeing and productivity of their staff moving into the future.