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Top Three Wellbeing Articles - Week of January 8th, 2018

January 12 2018 / by Mari Ryan

Each week I read a number of wellbeing articles from various online resources. Here are my top three picks from this week. I have added my comments about each article and would like to hear what you think too.

This week we focused on a theme of healthy workplaces from the built environment perspective. Don't miss this blog 'Creating a well workplace: why the built environment matters' or this video interview with Delos Senior VP Whitney Gray, PhD, LEED AP.

How to Make Office Buildings Healthier. by Kristen Magnuson (Conscious Company Media)

Magnuson discusses the changes taking place in the real estate industry, including architecture, design and construction. She highlights six ways to make your workplace healthier.

My comments: This article is a great primer on ways to implement core elements of the WELL Building Standard. If you are not familiar with the standard or want to learn more, this is a great quick read.

How do we measure human performance, and what does it mean for the workplace. by Leigh Stringer (Building Design + Construction)

Stringer provides insights on tools that can be used to measure human performance, in particular the Health and Human Performance Index (HaPI) developed by the Harvard School of Public Health. She shares the findings of piloting the tool at EYP, an architecture and engineering firm. 

My comments: Leigh is a great spokesperson for the elements of the built environment that influence our health. This article brings the elements of how the built environment directly tie to our wellbeing. Don't miss our Expert Interview with Leigh.

Employee happiness will be an important feature for office design in 2018. by Laura O'Keefe  (BISNOW)

This article addresses how a happy workforce is becoming a consideration when leasing office space. Happy employees are more productive and creative. Workspace features that contribute to employee happiness include: meditation and game rooms, collaboration spaces and flexible workspaces that give employees choices.

maintain a happy workforce is moving up as a necessary element for many companies

Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/national/news/office/happiness-could-be-the-most-important-kpi-when-it-comes-to-the-office-of-the-future-83130?utm_source=CopyShare&utm_medium=Browser
maintain a happy workforce is moving up as a necessary element for many companies

Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/national/news/office/happiness-could-be-the-most-important-kpi-when-it-comes-to-the-office-of-the-future-83130?utm_source=CopyShare&utm_medium=Browser

My comments: It is delightful to see that Human Resources is being invited to the conversation for real estate decisions. The physical workspace is a huge driver of employee experience. The cube farms are long gone. Long live the open spaces!

Mari Ryan, MBA, MHP, CWP is a workplace wellbeing strategist, professional speaker and consultant. For more information visit www.advwellness.com. Follow on Twitter @advwellness_us

Topics: Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, employee experience, employee happiness, measuring wellbeing, Leigh Stringer, Laura O'Keefe, workplace built environment

Mari Ryan

Written by Mari Ryan

Mari Ryan is the CEO/founder of AdvancingWellness and is a recognized expert in the field of workplace well-being strategy.