Updated: Feb 21
Attract talent, boost productivity and inspire innovation, through a happy, healthy and comfortable work environment.
The general interest for wellbeing increased remarkably during the covid-19 pandemic, along with a spike in Google searches for banana bread recipes! Now bananas can help boost our body's production of serotonin, making us feel happier, but a viable and sustainable strategy to meet your people's needs in terms of wellbeing goes beyond baking them banana bread daily.
All while being universally relevant, wellbeing can be a very personal and subjective feeling. Defined as a state of being comfortable, healthy, and/or happy*, it’s quite intangible and can be difficult to evaluate and measure, especially in a professional environment. Now most organizations are navigating their way through this vital need arbitrarily, providing their employees with ergonomic chairs, fruit baskets or a team-building activity every now and then. Despite being a good start, these answers remain anecdotal at an organization's level.
Nurture a culture of wellbeing
Your company's health is determined by the health of its most vital resource: its people. Going beyond the occasional wellbeing perks means integrating health, comfort and happiness in your organization's very core and promoting wellbeing through a holistic approach in which the physical work environment plays a major role.
Measure the health of your workspace
A vector for your company's identity: the workspace, is a valuable asset that you can leverage to enhance your people's wellbeing at work and beyond. A place where you can spark creativity and collaboration, your offices can provide numerous tangible parameters (like air quality, natural light and more) that we at spacebloom can help you measure and act upon to improve the health of your space, and thus of your people.
Whether you're a team leader, a happiness officer or a HR manager, making wellbeing a strategic priority not only makes commercial sense but is also fundamental to keep your team engaged. Today, as how, where and why we work have become as important as what it is that we do (if not more so), a healthy work environment has become a prerequisite to retain and attract new talent, create value and drive impact.
Want to evaluate the health of your workspace? Take this short quiz and see where your office stands.
*According to the Oxford dictionary, Oxford University Press (2016).