When you step into your workplace, how does it make you feel? As humans, it’s natural to develop strong connections to our surroundings. When it comes to work this is known as workplace attachment - the emotional bond between a person and their place of work. It shapes our behaviour in the space. The workplace should be designed to support our needs at every level and we sat down with the team at Peldon Rose to discuss workplace attachment and our favourite places in Sterling House. Then, we can understand how our workplace enables our people to realise their full potential.
Sustainable design has never been more important than it is today. As individuals, we are often told about the changes that we can make in our personal lives to contribute to a healthier planet, but we are now seeing businesses adopt greener practices within their offices, embedding sustainable initiatives into ESG policies.
You probably don’t need us to tell you that regular exercise helps to reduce stress, trigger positive thoughts and is also linked to increased productivity. However, in the UK we spend around nine hours on average sitting down during the working day. Add to this the time spent commuting, running errands or time spent asleep, and it quickly becomes challenging to fit in exercise. So how can the design of an office help?
Research suggests that on average, most people will spend around 13 years of life at work. For many, a large proportion of this time will be at desks, or various workstations. Wherever we work, it’s important to ensure that our environments are equipped to support us physically. Indeed, as we move towards a world of increased activity-based working, exploring the evolving ergonomics in the workplace has never been more exciting.
One thing we’ve learned from working from home over the past year is the way in which our surroundings have the power to shape our lives and experiences. This is why I love the built environment. When we consider the workplace, our individual experiences of what it means to ‘work from home’ will either consciously or subconsciously shape how the workplace will evolve. The UK enjoys a unique landscape of architecture where a building that has stood tall for over 400 years can be adjacent to a building that is just 400 days old. It’s an eclectic amalgamation of ideas, and the future generation of workspaces will be inspired by the things that already exist all around us, as well as ongoing innovation. It’s a coming of age.
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