Between work deadlines and juggling personal responsibilities, it can be tough for employees to maintain stability in their life. Finding a healthy work-life balance can help improve one’s overall well-being, ultimately making employees more productive and happier in their work environment. Companies that invest in employee support and satisfaction tend to succeed in generating happier workers. A 2015 study by economists at the University of Warwick found that happiness led to a 12 percent spike in productivity, while unhappy workers proved 10 percent less productive.
Amanda Schneider, founder of Contract Consulting Group, shares a sneak peek of the results from their forthcoming study on “resimercial” design.
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As we explore the evolution of the office planning models by focusing on key influencers of trends, we begin to identify consistencies in trend markers. Starting with the 1960s Burolandschaft’s drive to encourage social interaction and human behavior, the resulting lack of privacy which drove to the development of the “cube” to provide personal freedom led to a feeling of isolation. Moving forward to the start-up culture of the 2000s and technology that allowed work to be anywhere, the objectives of design shifted to incorporate collaboration, individual work, and speed of change. Throughout these transitions, generational difference, social issues of work/life balance, recruitment and retention of valuable skilled employees, and the impact of health and wellness all remained the consistencies that drove our need to better design with innovation.
Interior designers often work under considerable stress to meet deadlines, stay on budget, manage vendors and suppliers, and please their bosses as well as their clients. Not all stress is bad, and not all workplace stress can be eliminated.