Make your business better and stronger by leading a healthier, happier workforce.
We spend 90% of our time indoors, our buildings are designed to protect us but instead they are getting in the way of our health.
When we think about technology in the context of health and wellbeing, we might think about wearable devices or smartphone applications, but there are a wide range of solutions.
Remark Group combine the gentle nature of Sound Masking with Human Centric Lighting, Digital Skylights and Windows Displays to create a collaborative, productive and healthy workspace. We can create spaces that enhance rather than hinder our health; a healthy building means healthy tenants who in turn are more productive.
We’re passionate about enhancing workplaces which is why we spend time researching the effects that a modern workplace can have on your productivity and wellbeing. Our ‘Noise and Wellbeing at Work’ survey, focuses on noise in the workplace and the impact it has on UK Office Workers.
How these features improve workplace wellbeing
What is Workplace Wellbeing?
Workplace Wellbeing relates to all aspects of working life, from the quality and safety of the physical environment, to how workers feel about their work, their working environment, the climate at work and work organization. The aim of measures for workplace well-being is to complement Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) measures to make sure workers are safe, healthy, satisfied and engaged at work .
Workplace wellbeing often determines employees long term commitment to a company as well as determining the organisations effectiveness and productivity. As more companies adopt open plan designs, factors such as noise and lighting can have a big impact on how employees feel at work and progress within the company.
We understand the importance of improving employee happiness, engagement and productivity and are helping businesses across the UK make changes to their offices and business premise to develop their environment in a way that benefits not only their staff but their company as well.
Noise, whether it be speech or otherwise, has subtle but profound effects on workers psychologically, behaviourally and cognitively. However, complete silence can be just as distracting as loud environments – as it highlights the sudden disturbances.
Sound Masking is an effective method that, when installed correctly, has the potential to bolster acoustical privacy and reduce distracting noises, which in turn helps to improve the overall office comfort.
Sound Masking in its raw sound can create a relaxing atmosphere that promotes the overall well-being of office workers. It also has the ability to intertwine with natural sounds, creating a completely immersive and calming environment where employees can focus and collaborate naturally.
Human Centric Lighting
Human Centric Lighting puts focus on both the visual and non-visual effects of lighting. Not only do people need light to perform visual tasks, but light is also an important ‘time-reference’ for our internal clock.
Our bodies react to darkness by creating the hormone known as melatonin which regulates sleep. If there is not enough light, feelings of lethargy will be caused by an excess of the hormone, in turn, reducing productivity and the motivation to complete a work task on time and to a high standard.
Ideally, lighting in the workplace should encourage productivity in your workforce, and provide a balance of natural and artificial lighting for employees to concentrate to the best of their ability for extended periods of time.
Higher motivation increased productivity and an improved sense of wellbeing are just some of the documented effects of Human Centric Lighting.
Digital Skylights and Window Displays
Nature is scientifically proven to be one of the best ways to boost a person’s mood and wellbeing. For those who work in the city or a built-up area, getting to nature can be quite a challenge, particularly during working weeks. So as an employer, why not bring nature to your employees?
Digital skylights and windows displaying serene landscapes create a soothing and calming environment, increasing your workforce’s wellbeing. Whether you are creating a designated area for wellbeing or want to promote it throughout your offices, digital displays are a simple but effective way of boosting the wellness of your employees.
Digital Displays naturally go hand-in-hand with the calming sound of Sound Masking, creating an immersive and dynamic environment that boosts overall wellness and leaves people feeling motivated and refreshed.
Air quality has a huge impact on health and has the potential to affect an individual’s wellbeing, comfort and productivity in the workplace. Issues with air quality may cause headaches, fatigue and eye irritation.
CO2 levels above 1,000 create a stuffy atmosphere causing employees to feel lethargic and sleepy and therefore less productive. The cause of high CO2 levels is generally due to poor ventilation and/or circulation within the space.
Humidity also has a huge impact on an individual’s productivity. Humidity needs to be within a range of values for the environment to be comfortable. If the levels are too low employees may experience irritation to the skin, eyes, throat and nasal. High humidity levels promote the growth of mould, bacteria and dust mites which can lead to allergies and respiratory inflammation.
Air quality sensors can monitor the air on a daily basis, enabling users to maintain a comfortable working environment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is workplace wellbeing so important?
While it may seem like common sense that better health and wellbeing makes people happier and more focused, in the workplace it’s often only facts and figures that count. Fortunately, there have now been many studies that show how workplace wellbeing technologies can benefit employee’s health, wellbeing and reduce stress related illnesses. A related study is our noise and wellbeing at work survey that focusses on the negative impact noise can have on an employee’s wellbeing.
How does workplace wellbeing impact productivity?
Poor indoor air quality, faulty lighting and bad acoustics all have negative effects on a person’s wellbeing and productivity. All have been directly linked to fatigue, stress, migraines and lack of motivation. It should come as no surprise that healthier and happier employees are more productive. Presenteeism, when employees are physically present in the workplace but don’t do work due to fatigue or distraction, is one of the most common problems at work today.
How can we improve employee engagement?
Engaged workers stand apart from their not-engaged and actively disengaged counterparts because of the discretionary effort they consistently bring to their roles. These employees willingly go the extra mile, work with passion, and feel a profound connection to their company. The working environment has a huge impact on whether or not employees are engaged. Studies have shown that there is a strong correlation between high workplace satisfaction and high employee engagement.
A distinguishing characteristic of engaged employees is that they have a greater degree of control over where and how they work, including access to privacy when they need it. They are empowered, both by organisational decisions and the spaces made available to them within their workplace, to make choices about where and how they work. This means they can manage their need for privacy, concentrate more easily and collaborate with their teams without disruptions.
What are the benefits of Human Centric Lighting?
Human-centric lighting adjusts people’s daily rhythms and improves their biological and emotional health, motivation and productivity.