Sep 19, 2019 in Viewpoint
Sneak peek: the pyramid of workplace well-being
Soon we’ll launch our third whitepaper. After diving into the smart building ecosystem and the role technology plays in providing a responsive workplace, it’s time to focus on well-being. Workplace well-being has recently become more important to employees and employers. We developed the Mapiq pyramid of workplace well-being to translate ideas about personal health, to company health. Find out a little sneak peek below!
Hierarchy of needs
Luckily, we didn’t have to reinvent the wheel. Abraham Maslow already discovered a lot about what makes us tick. He came up with the hierarchy of needs pyramid, which represents five levels: physiological, safety, belonging, esteem and actualisation. We ran his ideas through our experience of working with companies and created a fun ABC.
The concrete needs are to a company what physiological and safety needs are to a person. This is physical health and safety and how those factors assist employees’ physiological well-being. This level includes the foundational and less flexible factors, like the architecture and interiors. Are they built to support health and well-being for employees and the company as a whole? Think of light, air, and sound.
The B level of the Mapiq pyramid parallels belonging and esteem in Maslow’s pyramid. They’re what happens when you put people into the buildings. What is the community? How do people relate to each other and their space? How does the environment enable their work? Do they feel valued by their employer? Do they value their coworkers in return? This all has to do with how you feel at work. If your part of the team.
Actualisation, the top of the Mapiq pyramid, is peak performance because everything or everyone works together flawlessly towards the same goal. This happens through both employee actualisation and company actualisation. Are your values in line with the company? Do you feel in charge of your own activities? These two types form a perfect symbiosis in workplace culture, feeding into each other and being fed in return. For us, autonomy and identity are essential to achieve actualisation.
What can employers do?
Of course, knowing the pyramid isn’t enough. What can you do to support employees in their concrete, belonging and actualisation needs? Read the whole story in our third upcoming whitepaper. Don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter. Be the first to know!
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