The world’s first ever WELL Certified office has been built and it sets a mind-blowing precedent when it comes to wellness in the workplace.
Created by Delos, the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate, the CBRE headquarters in Los Angeles is the epitome of innovation, with the potential to change the future of the work environment forever.
Launched in 2013, the exciting project highlights the extent to which workspaces could radically change the employee experience. If successful, it could revolutionise the way buildings are assessed, by forcing employers to take a more holistic approach to health from the outset.
Built around the seven concepts of the WELL Building Standard, a ground-breaking system for measuring and certifying features that impact human health, the CBRE headquarters includes elements such as treadmill desks, stretching stations and visible forms of nature.
All of which, when you consider that the average full-time employee spends 90 percent of their time at the workplace, could help tip the scales when it comes to work/life balance and productivity.
For a more detailed look at how the seven concepts of the WELL Building Standard have been implemented at CBRE in Los Angeles take a look at the guide below.
Poor air quality can cause both immediate health concerns such as allergies, the spread of viruses and fatigue as well as long-term issues including immune system disorders and asthma. To combat these concerns air filtration and ventilation systems were implemented in order to optimise respiratory health and help reduce toxins.
It has been found that poor accessibility to water can inhibit employee water consumption, affecting both the mental and physical quality of work. Hydration stations and signage prompting water breaks were introduced at various locations throughout the office in order to combat these symptoms.
Aside from prohibiting the sale of unhealthy foods with high sugar and fat content, the office introduced a set of wellness tips that are streamed to employees.
Controllable lighting was introduced in order to improve comfort by reducing eyestrain. Additionally, to help reduce glare, indirect lighting and dynamic light levels were put in place in order to assist natural circadian rhythms.
Physical activity in the office environment was introduced through the form of dedicated spaces for fitness, treadmill desks and stretching stations. Additionally, the team implemented height-adjustable desks to stimulate employee movement and posture issues caused by the sedentary work environment.
Soft, flexible and ergonomic furniture was brought in to allow employees more movement and comfort. For acoustic comfort, Delos introduced sound dampening devices around doors, cork-in-floor substrate and soundproofing drywall.
Studies have shown that surrounding people with visible elements of nature can have a profound impact on their health, lowering long-term stress and increasing productivity, so elements of greenery and art were introduced.
Educational elements to stimulate and motivate action toward a healthy lifestyle for employees were also implemented.