Wellbeing Evaluation and Integration

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Why wellbeing matters

Good design helps you maximise the value of your biggest assets: your property, your people, your clients.

‘a better place’ evaluation is a performance review and indicator for interior environments. It allows you to identify and create effective spaces where people can feel and perform at their best, while identifying opportunities for operational cost efficiencies.

There is a direct link between space design, user behaviour, employee productivity and efficiency, client perception and buying behaviour. Users of spaces whether, retail, healthcare, hospitality or workplace are affected by factors such as colour psychology, indoor air quality, spatial arrangement, journey experience, daylight access, biophilia etc.

The facts

Research indicates that improved indoor air quality increases productivity by up to 11%, while daylight access in offices increases individual productivity by up to 15%.*

People who work in environments with a high wellbeing factor are high performers, and:

  • are more productive
  • demonstrate greater flexibility and creativity
  • have higher levels of engagement
  • are healthier and likely to have fewer days off work due to sickness
  • respond better to difficult feedback
  • make more positive judgements about others
  • have a happier work and home life.**

*Building Research published study by Carnegie-Mellon University 2008, 15 individual case studies analysed for periods of 1985 – 2000, by Vivien Loftness, Center for Building Performance & Diagnostics.

** Source: new economics foundation, 2011

Wellbeing Evaluation and Integration 

The ‘a better place’ evaluation is location-specific and consists of four parts:

  1. Space survey: A thorough assessment of your space’s layout and furniture, design character and presence of biophilia, as well as the key elements that affect wellbeing, such as light, air quality, temperature, humidity, acoustics and visual effects. This survey can take place in your existing space, your empty new premises, or from the design drawings if it is a new build.
  2. People survey: To establish how a) your staff view their working environment and measure how it affects their job satisfaction and workability, and/or b) how your customers view their experience and engagement within your space.
  3. Recommendations: Identify opportunities to integrate and enhance user wellbeing, space enjoyment, health benefits as well as operational cost savings.
  4. Value and ROI: To create the link between your space and financial/value metrics.

How we can support you?

We are experts in wellbeing in interiors, helping our clients turn indoor spaces into positive influences on people, businesses and the environment, while improving their company’s financial bottom line.

Our differentiator is our understanding of how to successfully integrate a human wellbeing approach within the design and delivery of a high performing interior environment.

When to perform ‘a better place’ evaluation?

  • As an audit of your existing space
  • When designing your new interior environment
  • As a solution to build staff productivity or customer engagement following poor business performance
  • Changes in the business which impact the functionality of the space and offer opportunity for culture evolution
  • Before starting the search for a new space, to ensure it comes with the right features for your business
  • Business restructuring
  • Tired space – it is “time for a change
  • Rent review / lease ending; opportunities for both sides to collaborate
  • Estate portfolio review

For more information or to request a quotation, please do give us a call on phone +44 (0) 207 580 0611 or send us an email at design@grigoriou.co.uk.

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