A number of aspects of the overall quality of the work environment were improved for FWI staff, helping to reduce stress while improving engagement, wellbeing, and performance.
STRESS: Ratings for workspace design and aesthetics were higher in the new space, and people reported better quality of sleep (an indicator of lower stress), which improved their ability to focus at work.
ENGAGEMENT: Improvements in staff engagement were driven by an increase in physical comfort.
WELL-BEING: Support for focus work and better support for technology through furniture design influenced an improvement in overall wellbeing, helping people feel both more relaxed and happy at work.
PERFORMANCE: With more adjustable furnishings and better support for technology, the new space also improved staff performance.
FWI demonstrates how space design, when driven by research, has the power to help people work better. The new space also better reflects the organization’s mission of creating new ways to live, learn, and work in today’s changing world.