We’re on a personal journey towards a healthy lifestyle. This goes beyond a fashionable athleisure outfit, healthy Instagram worthy breakfasts and gaining a bigger butt by doing squats all day. It’s about building a better you.
The big health movement reaches all facets of life, on a global scale. As part of the holistic view of building a better you, awareness grows of the impact of the physical environment on health. Research by The Global Wellness Institute shows that the world’s 3.2 billion workers are increasingly unwell: they are growing old; they suffer more chronic disease; they are stressed, unhappy, and sometimes unsafe at work; and they face significant economic insecurity (GWI, 2016).
Especially the younger generations don’t want to sit behind their desk all day. A healthy work environment is part of their journey. This is why todays’ ‘workplace wellness’ needs to broaden its program from helping employees fixing existing problems to creating a new health standard on the work floor.
More and more companies offering ‘Office Bonusses’. At The Huffington Posts headquarter, you can have a quick 30-minutes energizer in one of their special created power nap rooms. Google offers ‘activity pods’, to engage in “deskercises” and increase activity and productivity.
Some start-ups are building their office from a even more health-related point of view. ‘Studies show that we work the best outdoors’, says Joost Baks in Frame N117 (2017). He is one of the four founders of Amsterdam based architecture studio Space Encounters. The office space is a big living, breathing rainforest. Workplaces like concentration zones and meeting rooms are situated in between the jungle – offering employees something outside their daily office-routine. Filling your lungs with fresh and clean air and following the lights’ rhythm of the sky – working in humans’ natural habitat.