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Transforming workplaces for employee mental health

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Transforming workplaces for employee mental health

From enhanced privacy to a sense of community to natural design elements, here are practical measures for renovating workplaces with a focus on improving employee mental health.

By Lauren Elliott, RID, NCIDQ | Design Collaborative | November 15, 2023
Transforming workplaces for employee mental health, Design Collaborative
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Renovating your workplace can have a profound impact on the mental health and well-being of your employees. In today’s fast-paced and demanding work environment, prioritizing employee mental health has become more crucial than ever. 

By creating a supportive and positive environment, you can foster a sense of belonging and promote overall mental wellness. Let’s take a look at some practical tips and strategies to renovate your workplace with a focus on improving the mental health of your employees.

Incorporate Natural Elements

Introducing natural elements such as plants, sunlight, and green spaces can have a calming effect on employees. Consider adding indoor plants, large windows for natural light, or creating outdoor areas where employees can relax and reconnect with nature.

Design for Collaboration and Privacy

A well-designed workplace should offer a balance between collaboration and privacy. Consider creating open spaces for teamwork and brainstorming, as well as quiet areas for focused work or private conversations. Providing options for both can reduce stress and enhance productivity.

Promote Movement and Physical Health

Encourage physical activity and movement within the workplace. Incorporate standing desks, ergonomic furniture, and designated areas for exercise or stretching. Promoting a physically active environment can improve mood, reduce stress, and boost overall well-being.

Prioritize Mental Health Support

Ensure that your workplace renovation includes resources and support for mental health. This can include designated spaces for relaxation or meditation, access to counseling services, or implementing policies that promote work-life balance and stress management.

Foster a Sense of Community

Create spaces that encourage social interactions and a sense of community among employees. This can include communal areas for breaks or shared meals, team-building activities, or organizing events that promote collaboration and connection. 

By prioritizing the mental health of your employees through workplace renovation, you not only create a healthier and happier work environment, but also foster increased productivity and employee satisfaction. Remember, small changes can make a big difference. Invest in your employees’ well-being, and you will reap the benefits of a thriving and resilient workforce.

About the Author
Lauren Elliott, RID, NCIDQ, is Director of Interior Design and Workplace Studio Leader at Design Collaborative. With expertise in organizational visioning and programming, her work starts with our adaptive and responsive Fingerprint process.

As a culture-first firm, DC places great value on having a deep understanding of the ethos of each diverse client. It’s part of Lauren’s promise to guide our clients as they transform their workplace—with the commitment that they’ll have fun doing it. Like our clients, Elliott is results-oriented, and driven to build engagement around their unique missions and values. It’s one more way we truly improve the worlds of our clients, their teams, and those they serve.

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