The Puzzle of Wellbeing report is the latest in a series looking at the relationship between workplace design and productivity. When sister company 360 Workplace began investigating this subject in 2018 in partnership with WORKTECH Academy, four key factors that contributed to company performance were identified: leadership, environment, wellness and technology. In a survey conducted with 120 organisations around the world, leadership was named as the most important factor and in 2019 we subsequently took a ‘deep dive’ into understanding how design could support different leadership styles and company cultures.
In 2020, the focus is on wellbeing. The original survey highlighted the emerging impact of wellness on productivity: although companies generally struggled to define it and were less prepared in terms of introducing a workplace wellbeing strategy, this was an issue that attracted many committed and passionate advocates inside the organisation. We predicted that its momentum, already considerable, would only grow. This has proved to be the case. Indeed, workplace wellbeing has taken on a whole new meaning in 2020 as the public health crisis of Covid-19 has convulsed the world of work, sending millions of workers to work from home and opening a debate about the future purpose of office environments and the responsibilities of employers for the welfare of their people.
The Puzzle of Wellbeing report explores:
• How might the subject be clearly defined and explained to a company board?
• What are its essential components?
• What trends were taking shape before the pandemic and what is happening now?
• How can the future of wellbeing influence company performance?
To help us answer these questions, we assembled an expert panel drawn from a range of disciplines including neuroscience, positive psychology, ergonomics, employee engagement, mindfulness and academic research for the built environment.