Away from the office: how to create new working environments that are happy, healthy and effective

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There is a strong relationship between wellbeing at work, job satisfaction and performance. As the world of work evolves at a rapid pace, it has never been more important to ensure that home-based office workers are able to work in a safe, comfortable and happy environment.

We believe that to be successful, the aim for employers and employees alike should be the creation of working environments that support and encourage health and wellbeing. In other words salutogenic workplaces, rather than those that simply focus on preventing harm or curing problems associated with a workplace.

This week we will explore some of the issues surrounding home working in a series of posts on our blog and offer solutions to enable employers and employees to enjoy the benefits of new ways of working. It also ensures that these benefits are not compromised by poor working conditions and practices.

In response to the shift to home based working, we have developed a new home workers assessment method, WorkFreeTM based on three equally important foundations, which will enable employers and employees to achieve the mutually beneficial goal of healthy, happy and effective work.

  • Assurance. To enable employers to meet their responsibilities and obligations to ensure that employees have a safe place to work. This includes compliance with legal requirements, and the need to provide the necessary evidence for compliance and benchmarks for continuous improvement
  • Comfort and quality. To ensure that home-based workers can set up an effective and comfortable working environment that suits them, and which gives them access to a range of professional quality (but domestic scale) products to support and improve their physical and mental health and wellbeing
  • Freedom and empowerment. To ensure that that home-based workers are empowered to manage their work and space. Employers must respect boundaries of privacy, minimise intrusion into the private space of their employees (physically and digitally), and recognise and respect different domestic and family arrangements without judgement

 The Covid-19 crisis has proved to be massively disruptive for all sorts of obvious reasons. However, it has also catalysed the trend towards a time when some degree of home working becomes the norm for increasing numbers of office workers.
The world of work is changing fast, especially office work. There was already a growing understanding of the need to create more humane workspaces. With the rise of co-working offices, flexible, activity-based workplaces appeared to be suggesting that the days of traditional offices, where people worked as a matter of course, were perhaps numbered.

To find out more about WorkFreeTM please contact us on workfree@fusion-spaces.com.

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Kenneth Freeman

I am a workplace wellbeing and design consultant with 25 years of experience. I was an early pioneer of biophilic design. My interests lie understanding the human responses to environmental stimuli and creating spaces that engage with the senses rather than fight against them.

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