New Workplace Design Trends Promote Well-Being, Collaboration and Flexibility

Aug 15, 2017 9:15 AM ET

In a quest to create healthier office environments, more employers have embraced the scientific research behind modern office design. There’s even a high-tech facility called the Well Living Lab, a collaboration between the Mayo Clinic and Delos, that hosts studies on “how the indoor environment influences health, well-being and performance, from stress to sleep quality, physical fitness to productivity.”

This emphasis on science-based design means an increase in offices that encourage movement to promote employee well-being, both physically and mentally, as well as more subtle design choices such as ergonomic furniture (standing desks and desktop monitors positioned to encourage good posture, for example), abundant office plants and exposure to natural light.

“Design trends are now often based on scientific research,” Frankland said. “Everyone wants to know where the decisions come from and why they’re being made. Environmental awareness is at its peak, so there’s a constant stream of research and products being catapulted into the office design-sphere.”

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