Wellbeing at Work
What does the future of work look like? As people take greater control over their professional lives, wellness at work is a critical pathway to ensuring greater employee satisfaction. Globally, one in four employees expect their employers to provide mental health and wellbeing benefits, viewing them as a “very important” aspect of work.
As a business, it’s important to look beyond traditional company benefits, and actually think about how work culture itself can be redesigned to support mental and physical health. Take inspiration from London-based company and Stylus Changemaker Interlude, which connects institutions with a library of science-backed, productivity-boosting breaks, whether that’s doing a drawing exercise before creative work, taking a mini cooking class, or stretching. In doing so, it’s pushing for breaks to become an accepted, integral part of work routines.
It’s also important not to overlook our built environments when striving for better inclusion and health. Workplaces can provide individuals with spaces that are conducive to getting the best work out of employees of all physical and mental abilities – whether that’s through quiet zones for increased concentration, or soft lighting for neurodivergent employees. Look to Google, which unveiled a floor of its South Korean headquarters in November 2022 that includes Braille signage, sliding doors and extra-wide corridors to enable easy movement.