How Your Workplace Performs: Personal Wellbeing


Workplace issue #5: Personal Wellbeing

Help Improve Personal Wellbeing

According to a study conducted by Ohio State University and the National Institute of Mental Health in the U.S., the physical work environment dramatically influences emotional and physical wellbeing. They found that workers in unappealing office environments (low ceilings, limited natural light, unattractive views) had significantly higher levels of stress hormones and heart-rate variability than workers in more open, spacious, well-lit offices. Researchers concluded a bad work environment may actually be a risk factor for heart disease. Companies can improve employee wellbeing in four areas: 

  1. Provide more appealing workspace
  2. Give employees options for how and where they work
  3. Help them achieve a better work / life balance
  4. Offer alternative work strategies for an increasingly mobile workforce. 

An overall view of wellbeing has become a recognized strategy for attracting and retaining people, helping them achieve better health and a better work/life balance. In fact, in a new study conducted by Steelcase together with CoreNet Global, an improved work/life balance is the top reason why companies offer alternative work strategies such as home offices, mobile work, and telecommuting.


Tom Rath, author of Strengthfinders and his more recent book Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements, puts it best. 

“The most successful organizations are now turning their attention to employee wellbeing as a way to gain emotional, financial and competitive advantage.” - Tom Rath

If you want more information on increasing wellbeing, or to address other workplace issues, download the article below.

This article contains information from Steelcase's paper on the Interconnected Workplace. You can read the entire research paper by clicking here or on the image below:


About the Workplace Performance series (see links to the whole series below):

Performance reviews are an expectation for today's workers. It's common for employees to meet with a supervisor and review pre-set goals, results and feedback regarding performance on at least an annual basis. This is good for keeping your people accountable, but there's another performer in your office that may be flying under the radar... your workplace. Do you know how well (or how poorly) your work environment is performing for you? Most managers wouldn't hire an employee without setting expectations for their performance, but very few set goals for their new workspace. The likely reason is they don't know what goals to set or how to measure them. Today, we're going to share one of these secrets with you below.


Based on research by Steelcase, the leading manufacturer of furniture for offices, hospitals, and classrooms, there are five common issues in the workplace that can be addressed by the design of your space. 

  1. Real Estate Optimization
  2. Enhancing Collaboration
  3. Attracting, Developing and Engaging Talent
  4. Building the Company Brand
  5. Improving Wellbeing

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