In a recent survey, 95 percent of office workers said their physical work environment is important for their wellbeing and mental health. However, half believe their current working environment does not have a positive effect on their mental health, wellbeing, mood and productivity. The issue of employee wellbeing has risen up business’ agendas in recent years, and, as part of the drive for better mental health support for workers, companies are looking at ways in which the physical workplace can improve the mental health of their employees.
There is significant psychological evidence of the benefits of a mixed working environment and agile working is set to become even more popular; a recent study found that flexible working spaces could grow by up to 30% annually for the next five years across Europe. It is clear, then, that there is a growing awareness of the impact of workplace design on employee performance, and firms can capitalise on this trend to sell their services or products by putting the mental health of the end user at the forefront of their designs.