the power of participation in workplace design

02.11.2021 08:28 Uhr (CET) |

Giving employees more control over the design of their workplace makes a positive contribution to their wellbeing, according to new research from the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art, London, with architectural firm Gensler.

At a time when business leaders are increasingly concerned about loss of productivity through stress, anxiety, depression and ill health, the study examined the workplace design factors that influence wellbeing. The research team discovered that an invitation to participate in the design of the work environment raised levels of wellbeing, although increasing the level of participation did not necessarily increase the level of wellbeing,
Supported by a consortium of industry names with a particular interest in creating better workplaces, including Bupa, Kinnarps, Milliken and RBS, the Workplace & Wellbeing study was conducted by the RCA and Gensler in two phases over a period of one year.

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