CAN YOU SPOT THE MOST COMMON DESIGN MISTAKES MAKING YOU SICK IN THE WORKPLACE?
Despite continued focus on employee productivity, connectedness and healthy workplaces, are our offices actually full of zombies causing employees to feel sluggish, drained and sick?
Modern workplaces have come a long way in human-centric and sustainable design approaches thanks to initiatives like LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), but common pitfalls could be creating a toxic workplace for the people inside. As the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL)
gains popularity, it’s also revealing hidden traps with big impacts on employees' health and well-being. Low oxygen levels, poor lighting, and a dining “al-desko” culture are making us feel dumber, more isolated, and could even be making us sick.
If you are not familiar with the term, WELL is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring specific features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being. The new kid on the block in corporate wellness is not only taking the guesswork out of healthier spaces, but also uncovering common design mistakes at even the most well-intentioned, uber-forward workplaces.
WELL measures seven wellness concepts: air, water, nourishment, comfort, light, fitness, and mind. These scientifically proven concepts are the new standard to measurably improve occupant health and well-being while complementing LEED’s green goals. But, what can companies without a game plan for a workplace overhaul do today to respond to the growing demand for happier, healthier, and more human-focused designs? Corgan's interior designers share what employers should expect with the advent of this new healthy building standard, common shortcomings, and how practical, budget-friendly interventions can help care for their building’s biggest asset—the people inside. See a few perspectives below:
After designing over 50 million square feet of workplaces in the past five years including the first WELL-certified building in Texas, Corgan is exploring how big and small changes can add up to better employee health and overall well-being, boost productivity and engagement, and ultimately drive the bottom line.
By placing people at the heart of design, construction, operations, and development decisions, our goal is to add meaningful value, generate savings in personnel costs, and enhance the human experience, health and well-being.