Tired, uninspiring workplaces are a thing of the past, if the growing number of well-being-focused developments across London is anything to go by
A happy worker is a good worker. We’ve known this for decades, but the dreary office space still persists across the country. A seemingly obvious idea, but if you like the place in which you work, the work you do is more likely to be inspired. A 2014 study from the University of Warwick showed that happiness made people approximately 12 per cent more productive. That might not sound like much, but in a high-intensity profession, percentages count. Warwick’s Dr Daniel Sgroi is quoted on the university’s website as saying “the driving force seems to be that happier workers use the time they have more effectively, increasing the pace at which they can work without sacrificing quality.” The interior design of workspaces is something in which an increasing number of developers are investing.
It’s not just the conceptual idea of ‘happiness’ that is front and centre here, either. More focus is being put on physical fitness. As most of us are reminded on a regular basis, sitting down is a big problem. A major Lancet study of more than one million adults found that the risk of premature death is increased by up to 60 per cent if you’re sitting in front of the computer in the office for more than eight hours a day.
Something needs to be done, then. Luckily, there has also been an upturn in schemes encouraging us to lead a healthy lifestyle while at work. Some of these developments might seem a little curveball, but don’t be surprised if you’re soon swept along as part of the well-being revolution.