If your company is buzzing full of #workplacewellness, then you'll surely already understand the benefits of having fit, healthy and happy staff. Given that people are generally the most expensive resource for a company, in doing so you clearly understand:
WHY you have better staff retention.
WHY they take less sick days.
WHY they actually enjoy being at work.
And most importantly, you'll understand WHY they are super productive.
But did you know that wellness in the workplace, has an international standard for BUILDINGS that's been around since 2014?
Not so clued in? Then take some time to read below, and find out how your business can join others around the globe, including this super cool one in Asia:
Now that you've seen what it can look like, lets go through the facts.
It's called 'WELL Building Certification', and it aims to look after the well-being of its occupants. The system is based on a holistic, integrated understanding of potential impacts buildings can have on our bodily functions ranging from the nervous (coordination signalling) system to our endocrine (hormone production) system, focusing on seven key elements to reduce common health risks.
"The WELL Building Standard® is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being. WELL Certified™ spaces and WELL Compliant™ core and shell developments can help create a built environment that improves the nutrition, fitness, mood, and sleep patterns." - Laura Knox
Research has found that common stressors in the workplace such as poor lighting, sound quality, distractions, airflow, incorrect furniture selection, pollutants, inferior posture and nutrition, can all effect the well-being of employees and how efficient they are within their role. Therefore, WELL certification aims to work with builders, architects, designers and developers to ensure that their constructions take these factors into account. That way, future inhabitants can thrive at their full potential by being physically, emotionally and psychologically supported.
As mentioned, the WELL system addresses seven key concepts within building architecture and design to meet the standard, which are:
If it's something that's making your ears prick up with interest, you're certainly not the only one. In fact, just one week ago, (Febuary 21st), The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) was added to Fast Company's World's Most Innovative Companies roster, honering businesses making the most profound impact on industry and culture. This award concretes IWBI's success in it's ability to transform buildings, and even communities to deliver health and well-being for all.
In 2018, IWBI registered more than 134 million square feet, of this, almost half came from portfolios and returning clients, with the rest being individual projects.
“In 2018, we supported 82 projects through to certification, which is a 78% increase over 2017. Certified square footage has grown 203% over 2017,” - Rick Fedrizzi, Chairman and CEO of IWBI
While the WELL building standard is still fairly new to Australia after partnering with Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) in March 2016, it's something heavily sought after across the globe impacting over 27 countries back in 2017, whose square footage at the time sat at 100 million.
Want to see more? Check out the 1st WELL certified building in France below:
To find out if your project is a candidate for becoming WELL certified, follow this link and complete the survey.
Have any questions about supporting your staff's well-being in the workplace? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on (03) 9761 4555 and ask how we can help get you office ergonomically advanced.
Hope you have a productive week, and focus on bringing more 'well' into the workplace.
Wishes in wellness,
The Balance Team
P.S. Want to read about the FIRST company to have WELL certification in Australia? Follow this link!