Integrating healthy design into company buildings and cultures will keep a lasting impact on employee’s health according to wellness program. The theory “active design” creates opportunities for personal interaction and encourages movement to shared spaces. Even though designing for activity can sacrifice efficiency, but it also creates energy and vibrancy. High-top tables spread throughout an office promote standing meetings and impromptu conversation, keeping people engaged in the conversation and reducing the need to reserve conference room. The goal is to integrate as many tiny healthy behavior changes as possible without the big challenge of creating a new lifestyle from a scratch.
Excerpts from the Article:High-top tables interspersed throughout an office not only provide options for impromptu conversations, but they also encourage healthy habits by inviting employees to step away from their desks and giving them an alternative to sitting meetings. As health care costs to businesses and employees continue to rise, the imperative grows for companies to map new strategies that can help current staff. These strategies not only can help curb some of the rising costs, but they could even help recruit new talent. Demonstrating a commitment to health through these strategies, companies could find themselves being a healthy workplace of choice with employees producing choice work.
Citation and link:
Stuckenberg, Jennifer. “These tiny workplace design changes can make your employees healthier.” The Business Journals A Division of ACBJ., 1 Nov. 2014. Web. 1 Nov. 2014.