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The Healthy Workplace Nudge: How Healthy People, Culture and Buildings Lead to High Performance

May 23, 2018 – The Healthy Workplace Nudge: How Healthy People, Culture and Buildings Lead to High Performance, co-authored by Dr. Michael O’Neill, Rex Miller and Phil Williams, is the culmination of a multi-year, Haworth sponsored research project comprised of 100 corporate leaders and experts. The findings: workplace wellness programs aren’t working. Through the concepts of behavioral economics, the book explores why and draws on the connection between workspace design and employee well being that goes beyond physical health.

The research from The Healthy Workplace Nudge found fresh ways that organizations have tackled the problems of employee health costs and disengagement:

  • Waking up to the fact that 95% of traditional wellness programs fail to improve health or lower costs
  • Recognizing that well-being leads to health and high performance
  • Utilizing behavioral economics as a powerful new tool to nudge healthy behavior
  • Realizing that healthy buildings are now cost effective and produce your strongest ROI to improving health
  • Having leaders who develop healthy cultures to achieve sustainable high performance and employee wellbeing

In addition to proving highly effective, these approaches represent a fraction of the cost sunk into traditional wellness and engagement programs. The book explains how to create a workplace that is good for people, releasing them to what they do best and enjoy most, and produces great and profitable work.

For the past five years, Haworth has extensively researched happiness and well-being. The latest insights by Dr. O’Neill and Beck Johnson are available in the Workspace Nudge: Design to Help People Move, Focus and Connect white paper.


Globally, Haworth, Inc enriches spaces with award-winning furniture, interior architecture and technology solutions to help create beautiful rooms and achieve business goals by supporting collaboration and innovation. Research, knowledge and design are at the center of the company's strategy and foster a deep understanding of built environments, culture transformations and agile workplace needs. With a strong history of craft, innovation and 400 patents, Haworth provides customers with tailored, inspiring spaces that enhance business, stir spirits and improve lives around the world. The company is committed to protecting and restoring the environment; creating economic value; and supporting and strengthening communities. Founded in 1948, Haworth remains family-owned and privately-held serving markets in more than 120 countries through a global network of 650 dealers and 7,500 employees. Headquartered in Holland, Michigan, U.S.A, the company had net sales of USD $2 billion in 2017.