Wellness has become a major trend in the workplace within recent years and especially now in 2018, and for good reason – failure to stay healthy and stress-free at work has according to research, been shown to cost the UK up to 314.9 billion in sickness and injury, during 2015/6 alone. From health initiatives to flexible working hours, there are many ways to help alleviate stress and encourage healthy living within the workplace. When we consider that physical environment can have a major impact upon our mental health and wellbeing, it is surprising that many are continuing to overlook workspace design as a method of cultivating a healthier and more resilient workforce. Enter the principle of mindful design, one of WORKTECH’s biggest workplace trends for 2018. “Workplace designers should themselves practice mindfulness to create spaces that give the overworked brain a rest and promote psychological comfort” ~ Aidan Walker, also speaking at WORKTECH’s Wellness Conference. While there are no specific rules in how to bring about mindful design, the focus should be on achieving better work/life balance for all employees, and should also promote stronger relationships between colleagues. The final image of mindful design may vary from business to business, but the finished effect should be the same: happier employees, lower sickness levels, and increased productivity.
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