Jul 21, 2020 in Viewpoint

Workplace well-being needs every organization must fulfill

If you make well-being an essential part of your company you can expect increased productivity, improved employee engagement, decreased absences, and reductions in health care costs. But where to start? We’ve developed the Mapiq pyramid of workplace well-being. The inspiration for Mapiq’s pyramid is Maslow. Just as Maslow’s pyramid rests on survival needs, the foundation for workplace well-being is making sure employees feel healthy and safe.

Esmeé van Vliet
by Esmeé van Vliet
Workplace well-being
Just as Maslow’s pyramid rests on survival needs, the foundation for workplace well-being is making sure employees feel healthy and safe.

Employees need to feel healthy and safe

It all starts with the concrete needs that ensure that employees are healthy and safe between office walls. From the design process of a brand-new office through the realization of the building, everything needs to be aimed at contributing to the health of the employees who will work there. The physical things have an impact on how employees feel. Think of air, light, sound, nutrition, movement, and safety. Let’s dive into some of these needs.

Activity-based working to support autonomy

It’s important to give employees multiple ways of working in the office and not just go for an open floor plan with one type of workspace. Activity-based working provides employees with a variety of workspaces to choose from. You can divide those workspaces into activities employees have during a workday. For example: focusing, collaborating, learning, and socializing. Those types of workspaces give employees the autonomy to move around the office.

“In the upcoming years, technology will be able to determine the best match between a person and the workplace.”

Anne Wernand, Head of Research at Mapiq

Natural daylight to boost well-being

Next to the types of workspaces, materials, and colors, light is fundamental. Light has a powerful impact on the mind and body. It can affect the quality of sleep, energy, mood, and productivity. Employees in environments with lots of daylight and outdoor views report a 15 percent higher level of well-being. But not all light is good, artificial light or working in direct sunlight do not have the same effect.

Sound to increase productivity

An office needs to have more than big windows where natural daylight comes in. Research shows that sounds from nature, such as bird songs or rippling water, promote faster recovery from stressful tasks than traffic or ambient building noise. Sounds from natural environments can mask the background noise the workspace makes, and it can also decrease employee stress and increase productivity.

More about the foundation for workplace well-being?

There are more concrete needs that are important to create a healthy and safe office for employees. Technology can meet these needs. It can give insight through measurement, provide employees with the chance to book safe workplaces in the office upfront and real-time feedback loops can improve new technology adoption significantly. In our research paper ‘The Mapiq pyramid of workplace well-being’ you can find all ten concrete needs.

Download the research paper