Office Trends: 87% Want Their Employers to Offer Healthy Workspace Benefits

It’s no secret that the typical office floor plan has transformed far beyond impersonal cubicle farms. Over the last few decades, we’ve watched office spaces evolve like origami, moving toward open floor plans and communal spaces, with many offices even adding ping pong tables to the mix. But what’s trending for 2019? 

While office trends come and go, one thing that does not change is the impact that the office environment has on employee health and wellbeing. A quality workspace design leads to a less stressful and more productive atmosphere. It’s essential that employers take the physical work environment of their employees into consideration. Employees need to feel comfortable and calm in their physical work settings to produce their best work.
— Forbes
  • According to the Fellowes Workplace Wellness Trend Report, employees are really focusing on a healthier work environment. This report is filled with fascinating statistics, including the following: 

  • An overwhelming majority (87%) of workers would like their current employer to offer healthier workspace benefits, with options ranging from wellness rooms, company fitness benefits, sit-stands, healthy lunch options, and ergonomic seating.

  • Interestingly, employees of younger companies are less likely (34%) to be turned down when asking for in-office benefits like sit-stand desks than employees at established companies (42%).

  • 93% of workers in the tech industry said they would stay longer at a company who would offer healthier workspace benefits, with options ranging from wellness rooms, company fitness benefits, sit-stands, healthy lunch options, and ergonomic seating.

Here at Chasing Nirvana Yoga, we’ve watched offices transform firsthand when employers or property managers offer on-site yoga and wellness classes. The plus side is that they don’t even need to reconstruct their floor plan for these offerings (unless they want to!). As long as there is a space to congregate, the wellness can commence! 

For those wondering where to start, check out this helpful chart from the Forbes article exploring the Fellowes report. It outlines seven concepts for healthier buildings, including air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. Read the full article for more tips on incorporating each concept into your daily 9-5!

The Well Building Standard

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