How to improve workplace wellbeing without breaking the bank: Introducing the ‘personal sanctuary’
How to improve workplace wellbeing without breaking the bank:Introducing the ‘personal sanctuary’
There’s no denying that the world of workplace is changing. Long gone are the days of imposing cubicles, migraine-inducing strip lighting and dusty water coolers (thank goodness).
With people now able to work from anywhere, at anytime, without disruption – WiFi connection dependent, of course – businesses are going to increasing lengths to encourage employees back into the office. Because, ultimately, there’s still no technological replacement for a human handshake.
What factors do we need to consider?
In order to give people back control, different ‘zones’ must be provided, catering to all of the various tasks that employees might undertake within a day. For quiet, ‘heads down’ work, a space away from the ‘hustle and bustle’ should be free from distractions – both audio and visual.
Likewise, certain colours can evoke specific feelings or help to reinforce company messages. According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive at global colour experts Pantone, blues and oranges will make a business look “resourceful”, while yellow will encourage “playfulness”. Pink is said to be “discrete” and gold is “sophisticated”. But too much of a certain shade can lead to overstimulation, having an adverse effect on those working within the space.
For collaborative work, on the other hand, the office environment needs to support discussion. When it comes to the furniture, rather than uncomfortable, upright pieces, cushioned Italian-style shapes may provide a more relaxed atmosphere, leading to freer thinking.
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