“Our research shows that there are specific design elements you can use to help workers feel happier,” said Michael O’Neill, Haworth’s head of research. “That’s what the data is saying.”
The report is the latest in a series of white papers by US company Hawarth exploring office design.
“Happiness is intrinsically motivated not by pay or perks or ping-pong tables at work,” O’Neill said at the launch of the report.
“If superficial symbols like these are not the answer, can space design contribute to happy, meaningful life and work?”
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The new report comes amid signs that the nature of work and the workplace is changing.
The emphasis is shifting away from thinking of the office as a tool to increase the productivity of workers to an approach that puts the employee’s wellbeing first, O’Neill said.