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20.3.2024

Approaching Workplace Design through a Life-Centric Lens

A paradigm shift defines modern workplace design. Evolving into dynamic ecosystems, contemporary offices aim to enhance the well-being and productivity of its users. Within the design process at Fyra, elements promoting physical, social, and mental well-being, alongside ecological responsibility, come together under the guiding principle of life-centric design thinking.

Fostering Individualized Well-being through Workplace Design

In our work environment projects, we engage in conversations with clients about the transformation of workplaces, recognizing that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Successful office design necessitates thorough research and understanding of not only the company’s strategy and goals but also the unique needs of the users. The life-centric design approach strives to craft solutions that fulfill functional requirements and enhance people’s quality of life, health, and well-being.

Employees represent the most valuable asset of the company. Recognizing well-being as a global megatrend, we acknowledge the significance of investing in employee well-being, which can be influenced through physical, social, and mental aspects of office design.

Enhancing Physical Well-being and Spatial Planning

Improving functionality, introducing versatile spaces, and offering diversity contribute to physical well-being. Embracing an active work environment enables mobility and adaptability, prioritizing correct ergonomics, optimal acoustics, and the use of healthy, safe materials to positively impact user well-being.

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Promoting Social Well-being through Workplace Design

Social well-being thrives when office design aligns with the company’s culture and values, fostering a sense of belonging and supporting diverse modes of interaction. Especially in the hybrid work era, nurturing workplace culture and meaningful relationships enhances well-being, job satisfaction, and productivity.

Prioritizing Mental Well-being in Workplace Design

Mental well-being serves as the cornerstone of comprehensive well-being, influencing an individual’s ability to function across all aspects of life. Office design can support mental well-being through inclusive practices, ensuring personnel feel heard and empowered. Establishing common operating procedures and guidelines for using the premises is integral to the office planning process, fostering clarity and a sense of purpose among individuals. Additionally, incorporating spaces for recovery during the workday helps reduce stress, emphasizing the importance of breaks for overall well-being.

Embracing People-Centric Space Planning through Life-Centric Design

Innovation, creativity, and well-being flourish when rooted in empathy and a deep understanding of the needs of the individuals and communities. Life-centric design prioritizes sustainability, equality, and the holistic needs of the community. Future-oriented offices prioritize the well-being and growth of its users.

Sources:

The Importance of Social Wellbeing in the Workplace

Amplifying Wellbeing at Work and Beyond

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