Longer working hours and growing job uncertainty means that work-related stress is reaching record levels. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 9.9 million days were lost to work-related stress, depression or anxiety last year, costing UK business over £6.5bn per year. Such evidence is compelling companies of all sizes to acknowledge the imperative of tackling stress in the workplace.
While this shift towards a more proactive stance by businesses is positive, many companies are overlooking simple, cost-effective changes that could be made to the office environment to positively impact employee wellbeing. Research has shown that 30% of employees aren’t happy with their physical working environment and that consequently they are less likely to report positive levels of psychological wellbeing, physical and psychosocial health and engagement.