Nine Qualities of an Active, Healthy Office

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2015-03-10 Email

Organizations need to do a better job of encouraging physical movement throughout their buildings, according to a recent survey from KI Furniture. The accompanying report, "Understanding Active Design: The Rise of Human Sustainability," states that employees are healthier when they use stairways instead of elevators, stand at a desk, take walk breaks and incorporate other forms of physical activity into the daily routine. By proactively supporting such movement, companies also improve employee engagement levels. And research shows that high levels of worker engagement can more than double revenue growth, while boosting retention by 54 percent. Unfortunately, the vast majority of professionals said that their company culture and/or building design aren't movement-friendly. With this in mind, we're presenting the following nine ways that companies can provide a more active, healthy office environment, along with survey findings that reveal that most organizations aren't implementing the majority of these recommendations. Companies did fare better on initiatives such as providing healthy snack and meal options, and creating a lot of window space for natural daylight. More than 100 professionals and 100 workplace strategists, designers, architects and other industry practitioners took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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