For many people, the pandemic changed their views on the workplace and shed more light on some of the stressors that come from the daily grind. Workplace stress can be detrimental to one’s mental health, and there is a sudden increase in companies prioritizing the overall well-being of their employees. So, what exactly is well-being? There are many layers of well-being to consider, like physical, emotional, and financial.
Employees are the center stone of every successful company, so it is essential that they feel appreciated by their employers. As humans, how they are treated in the workplace bleeds into how they feel outside of it. On the other hand, employees also have a life outside of work, and it is important to consider how their work environment can directly impact their daily lives.
During the pandemic, many companies had to quickly pivot the way they worked and moved towards a remote schedule. This change significantly impacted how people viewed working from an office and realized that most jobs could be performed from the comforts of their homes. However, three years post-pandemic, companies are pushing to return their employees to the office. This change seems like a stretch for some employees. Still, there is a benefit to having teams in the office occasionally, like one-on-one time with leadership, collaborating with teams, and even simply having the ability to read body language. For significant changes like this, employees must come to an office space conducive to their working style and offers some of the comforts they’ve enjoyed when working from home.
Design plays a big part in well-being in the workplace. Diversifying design within the office space can help employees focus. Not every employee needs to sit at a desk to focus; some may require more of a loud and bustling ambiance, while others may need a quiet area. We can expect to see well-being at the top of corporations’ list of importance for the near future.