Wellness is a hot topic in workplace design. This means providing:
- High-quality light (even natural light)
- Drinking water
- Excercise facilities
- Recreation and social engagement spaces
- Health care services.
In 2012 over 90% of organisations were already providing employee wellness programs, and it is a trend that will continue to rise in importance as organisations compete for the best people. A Colliers survey revealed that over 85% of organisations place wellness at the top of their employee initiatives due to employee demand and competition with peers.
On average, employee wellness programs generate returns of about 3 to 1. This can lead to:
- Lowered medical costs
- Increased productivity
- Reduced absenteeism
- Lower rates of staff turnover
- Less employee stress
Trudy Cheng, the associate director of workplace strategy & change management at Colliers International has written a fantastic article about creating a workplace that makes people healthier. Read the full article here.