Over the past few months we’ve been using our blog as a platform to share the core tenets of the Wingate Hughes design philosophy. We’ve shared with you why we value designing for diversity, designing for the future, and now this month we’re diving into “designing for wellbeing.”
Wellness. It’s a trendy word that gets thrown around a lot these days. Forbes estimates that the wellness industry is now worth more than 4.2 trillion dollars. As the industry has exploded, with it has come an excess of health focused books, products, and lifestyle trends all aimed at improving our wellbeing from the inside out.
But how does that connect to the workplace?
Our team knows that good design doesn’t just improve aesthetics – it improves efficiency, productivity, and most importantly, wellbeing. This is an idea that’s informed our work for a long time, way before the concept of wellness was a trend. We’ve seen firsthand how investing in WELL certification services for our clients has improved their work in recruiting and retaining staff, decreasing sick days, reduced healthcare costs, improved mental and physical health, and increased employee morale. That’s the power of good design.
For our work with Optoro, we brought the outside in by filling the communal space with plants. Not only do they help to clean the air, they also allow employees to connect with nature while staying in the office.
WELL certification allows us to monitor features of the space that impact human health, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. We consider how all of the elements of an office we design impact every employee who walks through the doors, from the top to the bottom.
At the end of the day, it comes down to this simple truth: we believe offices should be more than another weekday destination, but instead a place where employees can thrive.