Study confirms benefits of healthy offices on worker well-being

A new study by the University of Sydney looked into the conditions for healthy offices and found that the combination of positive leadership and healthy, green building design can improve worker well-being and business performance.

Professor Anthony Grant, lead researcher from the university’s Coaching Psychology Unit, said a more ‘sophisticated’ approach to the structure of the workplace was occuring, where “open-plan, flowing workspaces are balanced with accessible private rooms and workspaces.

“This is facilitating a shift from hot-desk setup to a more genuinely cooperative workplace environment.”

Key findings from the interviews included that a well-designed, green workplace had supported job performance; values-based leadership helped extend the utility of activity-based working; and that building design and values had helped to engender a sense of purpose, pride and well-being.

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