"Creating cultures and environments that are
conducive to commercial success."
The research was undertaken during June 2017 with two groups:
Report Contents: Introduction, Key Findings, Project Overview and Methodology, Wellness Together, Movement, Lighting, Personal Storage, Noise and Acoustics, Air Quality, Employee Empowerment, Appendices
While there is no exact recipe for creating a successful business, new research suggests that successful companies have in common a wealth of elements that benefit their employees' work environments.
Wellness Together, a syndicated research project carried out by Sapio Research, demonstrates productivity, creativity and even profitability can be affected by employee conditions(page 18).
This is because well designed, innovative workplaces where people feel well treated, work better in a variety of ways. The study highlights the important link between positive office cultures and the feel-good factor.
Since 2003, in the UK there has been a general decline in the number of days lost to sickness absence, particularly during the economic downturn. An equivalent to 4.3 days per worker (the lowest recorded since the series began
in 1993, when it was at 7.2 days per worker) were lost in 2016 but, at the same time, productivity has decreased.
Given the apparent inverse relationship between productivity and absenteeism and the challenges the UK is facing with low levels of productivity, it's important to understand other factors that might be causing the problem.
Presenteeism is a relatively new concept that suggests people being at work while unwell is costing the UK twice as much as absenteeism(1). Intuitively this makes sense but there’s increasing evidence that the workplace itself can have the same impact as personal illness on productivity. So it’s not just aspects that enhance productivity that need.
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