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HOW A FOCUS ON HEALTH & WELLBEING IS CHANGING WORKPLACES FOREVER

The vital challenge.

Things have changed, there’s no denying it. Remember the lifelong employee who sat in his cubicle all day, left work around 5pm, came back in at 8am the following morning and repeated the cycle, year in, year out? He’s gone. And he’s never coming back.

WHERE WE’RE AT: THE POWER OF HEALTH AND WELLBEING

The boundaries between work and life have been blurred. People want to be able to choose where they work, when they work and for whom.

Technology has played a decisive role in this process. This trend is gradually culminating in the creation of workplaces that support our mental and physical wellbeing, and will affect the real estate sector in many ways.

OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE HEALTHY

Together with our friend “the lifelong employee”, it’s time to bid “unwell” offices farewell too – workplaces that curb employee performance and have a negative impact on the wellbeing of those who work there.

Those office buildings are at risk of heightened vacancy levels – and of course, potential loss of income. Why? Because visionary companies are already creating stimulating, healthy work environments. And rest assured, all of the others will follow in the years to come.

THE FEELGOOD FACTOR

Take it from the global number one specialist in commercial real estate. If you want your investment to be healthy, it’s time to put your focus on investing in healthy workplaces that not only drive your employees to excel professionally, but that make them feel good at the same time.

Wellbeing and productivity are cornerstones of the new office environment. It’s not just a trend that will blow over. It’s a strategic imperative for real estate investors looking to safeguard their income.

GOOD THINGS ARE NEVER EASY

But how do you do that, knowing that so many different generations work side-by-side in one office building, each with their own priorities and expectations when it comes to wellbeing at work? Well, we never said it would be easy.

To ensure that every single one of your employees’ health and wellbeing are properly supported, you’ll have to create flexible workplaces, where each employee can organize their work in the way that best fits them. An environment where career multitaskers or flexible digital natives with their on-the-go internet meetings are able to team up with baby boomers longing for job security or Maturists who need face-to-face contact to get things done.

CROSSING GENERATIONAL BORDERS

There’s good reason to invest in making that possible. In many companies, 5 different generations work together on a range of projects. Managing and developing their potential will strengthen your company. Happy and healthy employees deliver better work, and are more productive and committed to company goals.

What’s more, a workplace focussed on health and wellbeing saves you money. Mental and physical health issues have a considerable financial – and human – impact on your business. In short, by investing in a healthy workplace, you’re investing in your own business success.

Looking to rent or let a healthy workplace? Or are you looking in search of creating smart ways of working and drive employee engagement?

Rely on Cushman&Wakefield.

At Cushman & Wakefield, we believe in a human-oriented approach of workplace development. As a way to emphasize this belief we choose to integrate and rebrand ADMOS Design & Build to C&W Design + Build.

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Norbert Padt

Head of Marketing & Communication Belux


Norbert.Padt@cushwake.com

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