The wellbeing of your employees should be one of the first things you take into consideration when it comes to modern office refurbishment. As your employees will likely spend hours every single week in your workspace, it is one of the most important factors when you consider their overall wellbeing.
Employee wellbeing primarily addresses the factors of that person's overall wellbeing which are affected by their workplace and can be influenced by workplace culture and interventions.
Why Should You Consider Employee Wellbeing?
- Save Your Money – Absenteeism through either physical or mental illness cast British businesses as much £14 billion every single year. The average British worker takes as many as nine days' sick leave annually.
- Boost Productivity – Both physical and mental wellbeing affect productivity, and ensuring that both are kept as positive as possible is essential for a happy and hard-working workforce.
- Employee Health – Research from multiple institutions, including the university of Bristol, have found that employees who exercise regularly and look after their own wellbeing are typically more productive, happier and, on average, more positive. Health and wellness schemes have also been proven to make a significant contribution to a company's morale.
The Health Risk Factors Of The UK Workforce
The UK's workforce is one of the unhealthiest in the world. Almost 20% of us are underweight, whilst as many as 36% lack exercise and 52% admit to having a poor diet. Despite the proven dangers, as many as 40% admit to smoking and 19% will say that they drink too much.
Subtle changes to the workplace can have a great effect on the wellbeing of your workforce. Offering support to those employees who are trying to live healthier lifestyles, and encouraging those who aren't to give it a try, is an extremely effective way of improving employee health.
Improving Employee Wellbeing With Your Office Refurbishment
There are simple, and fairly obvious, ways that you can improve your employee's wellbeing through your office refurbishment as well. Workers employed in environments which feature natural elements are as much as 6% more productive, 15% more creative and another 15% report that they feel as though they have a higher-level of wellbeing.
Natural light is one of the major components of an effective office refurbishment, and it has widely been regarded as the easiest way of increasing employee wellbeing and productivity. Workers with windows in their workplace will be more in tune with their body's sleeping cycle, and sleep as many as 46 minutes longer than their windowless peers. Workers with access to natural light are, typically, happier, healthier and more active as compared to their fellow employees.
Many offices and workspaces are now offering a range of healthy options to encourage their employee's wellbeing and improve their productivity at work. These options can include free, fresh fruit, deals on gym memberships, stress management seminars, groups to help each other stop smoking and spaces for safe parking of bicycles.
Improve Workplace Productivity And Wellbeing With Oaktree Interiors
If you're looking for the UK's leading provider of office refurbishments, then you need to look no further than Oaktree Interiors. Our refurbishment services all take employee well being into consideration, and ensuring that your employees are happy with their office space is the very best way to improve your office culture and create a more productive and enjoyable office space.
For more information, get in touch with our friendly and dedicated team on 0118 979 6600 or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be sure to get back to you as soon as we can!