Aug 04, 2020 in Viewpoint

3 ways to create a workplace that supports well-being

The workplace is becoming more than a space to work, it’s a space that connects teams and individuals. To support employees, you need environments that trigger responses in the brain that lead to better collaboration and problem-solving. We’re talking about the second part of The Mapiq pyramid of workplace well-being – the belonging needs. Unlike the concrete needs, belonging needs are more intertwined. Luckily, it means their solutions can be as well. The belonging needs are connection, contact, confirmation, and companionship. But how can you create a workplace that supports those needs?

Esmeé van Vliet
by Esmeé van Vliet
Workplace well-being
The belonging needs are connection, contact, confirmation, and companionship. But how can you create a workplace that supports those needs?

Enhance the connection between employees

The first belonging need is connection. It answers the question if employees feel connected to their coworkers, the workspace, and their responsibilities. This need has become even more important after COVID-19. Open floor plan offices are more likely to be successful to connect employees. One tactic for the connection between employees is to create neighborhoods in the office. In those neighborhoods, employees can move and relocate but still have a sense of attachment. The connection to a team or employee replaces the connection to a permanent desk.

Organize activities after office hours

But it’s not just about sitting in the same neighborhood or next to a team member to make an employee feel like they belong. It’s also about companionship. This is something that doesn’t always happen, but it’s valuable when it does. As a company, you can create opportunities for employees to connect in their off-hours through activities such as recreational sports, company picnics, or group volunteer events. But always make sure those activities are voluntary. Forcing employees to do something outside of work defeats the essence of belonging.

Embrace smart technology in the workplace

Companies can help employees to make optimal use of the space and encourage teams to sit together. They can also choose to let employees’ ‘plant’ a digital flag for their team when they enter the office or book a shift with their team upfront. But what can technology do? Smart technology can give suggestions about where to go for a specific meeting and reduce the time spent wandering in the office. It can also make it possible for employees to share their location, so colleagues can find them. It would be even better if they could find each other in the fun areas, like the ping-pong table!

Belonging needs in the Mapiq pyramid of workplace well-being

So, employees need personal interaction, and offices should be designed to facilitate that. But what about contact and confirmation? In our next viewpoint, we’ll dive deeper into the importance of face-to-face contact. More about the belonging needs, you can find in our research paper.

Download the research paper