Design for life: Rethinking the office to promote activity

July 5, 2019 Sanjana Saluja

Offices don’t have to involve sitting at a desk for hours on end. JLL explores how fresh thinking around design can get people moving.

Office life has traditionally been sedentary, but as more companies and their employees prioritize healthier lifestyles, workplaces are finding new ways to get people moving.

From locating desks further from printers to providing shower rooms for runners and cyclists, adjustments to workplace facilities and culture can help make employees more active during the working day.

It can be a fruitful investment: research suggests that active employees tend to be healthier and more productive. A 2017 University of California study, for example, found that participating in a company’s corporate wellness program increased worker productivity by 4 percent on average, while reducing absenteeism.

A study from Finland’s Tampere University suggested that walking during lunch breaks could help to improve concentration and reduce stress levels in the afternoon.

Click here to find out how today’s workplaces are increasingly being designed with movement in mind.

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