Wellbeing and Productivity in the Workplace

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October 16, 2020

3equals1 Design attended a  fascinating CPD on Wellbeing and Productivity in the Workplace, hosted by Ocee Design. This is a topic close to our hearts and one that’s becoming increasingly prevalent in today’s working environment.

What we learned:

  • Presenteeism is the practice of coming to work despite illness, injury, anxiety, etc, often resulting in reduced productivity and it is now a bigger problem in the UK than absenteeism
  • Presenteeism is the practice of coming to work despite illness, injury, anxiety, etc, often resulting in reduced productivity and it is now a bigger problem in the UK than absenteeism
  • Factors that can cause presenteeism in the workplace include: excessive noise, constant distractions/interruptions, lack of daylight, illness, stress/anxiety, and management style
  • The average time spent by a UK worker before being interrupted is 12 minutes 40 seconds
  • The average time it takes for that worker to reach the same level of concentration they were at is 15 minutes 30 seconds

How can we fix this?

  • Asking for feedback and listening to employees’ needs and wants
  • Smarter workplace design
  • Encouraging regular breaks throughout the day
  • Adopting an open-door policy for all management staff
  • Offering staff healthcare plans and introducing fitness/nutrition based initiatives

What are the benefits?

  • A healthy work/life balance leads to a happier and more productive workforce
  • Greater engagement between all levels of an organisation
  • Increased job satisfaction and a stronger desire to learn and develop
  • Reduced absenteeism and presenteeism

  • Reduced staff turnover

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