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Well Being And The Employee

The welfare of employees at work is a theme that's high on the agenda of many management teams. The effort is therefore great, because there is a positive correlation between employee well-being and their productivity. The sense of well-being goes further than, for example, a massage chair, or cup of good coffee. It reverberates on every aspect of the corporate culture.

Progressive organizations therefore make employees' well-being a fully-fledged part of their business strategy.

Residents versus work nomads

Designing with an eye for the well-being of employees means first and foremost that you take into account the different user profiles that are present in the organization, and that each should have their own type of workplace. For example, residents carry out tasks with an individual focus. This often involves standard, process-driven activities, such as customer service or call center employees.

Functional groups carry out work requiring a high degree of concentration. They mainly work at their own workplace, but also work frequently with colleagues. A design team is a good example of this. Work nomads are highly mobile. They need a place to 'land', do paperwork, and consult with colleagues. Think of consultants, account managers and sales managers. Project teams finally mostly work, are mobile and constantly switch between individual and group work, such as product development and strategy teams.

Wellness levels

If you want to look at a level deeper than your well-being, you need to understand how someone's day progresses, and how often employees switch from one work mode to another. Concentration, cooperation, being social, and learning are examples of working modes. Every employee, irrespective of the user profile he has, must at all times have a choice about how and where he works, depending on the tasks he currently performs, and the state of mind that he currently has.

Yet another level deeper is to divide well-being into cognitive, social and physical well-being. Cognitive well-being refers to the fact that people understand what their job involves, that they know what they are working towards, and what they contribute to, and the level of concentration that this requires. From a cognitive point of view, an employee needs a space with minimal distraction, in which he can concentrate and process information.

Social welfare refers to the connection that employees experience with their colleagues and with the world around them. This requires spaces where people feel at home and can interact with colleagues, and where they feel connected to the organization.

In physical wellbeing finally what matters is that employees the right space, work and have tools to carry out their work in a good way. Employees must, for example, have an office chair in which they can easily take on multiple positions.

Healthy employee and organization

It's precisely by offering the employees a range of workspaces, in which the various aspects of physical well-being are being addressed, this can be structurally increased. This makes employees more productive and less stressed. And that's healthy for the employee, and for the organization.
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