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Transforming workplaces for employee mental health

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Transforming workplaces for employee mental health

Here are several examples of renovating the workplace to support employee mental health, from private nooks to community rooms.

By Lauren Elliott, RID, NCIDQ | Design Collaborative | December 12, 2023
Fort Financial office building
Photo courtesy Design Collaborative

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.

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Office building interior
Indiana Michigan Power Center Corporate Headquarters. Photos courtesy Design Collaborative

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.

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Office fitness center and desks
Pizza Hut Conference Nook (top) and Indiana Michigan Power Center Corporate Headquarters (bottom). Photos courtesy Design Collaborative

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.

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Barnes and Thornburg Community Hub. Photo courtesy Design Collaborative

By prioritizing the employee mental health 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.

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