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Wellness in the New Workplace - By Anna Zappia

How We Work
Professionals in all sectors are analyzing functions and why
staff members choose to come to the office. This research
gives us clues as to how we can enhance our spaces and
improve the quality of work, not just the quantity. "We won't
have everybody in the office all at once; it's going to be a
staggered approach," Verbeek explains. "We have to reimagine
our current spaces and figure out why people want to come
back now after this time at home. I think the social aspect of
wellness is going to be important in the future. It's one of the
key reasons why people are still coming to the office."
Looking at how people work in each different setting and
learning about the company's core values by engaging with
staff allow designers and product manufacturers to offer lasting
solutions, not just surface changes or quick fixes. "Behavior
creates culture," Mills explains. "And we have to carefully
explore what the culture of an organization is and how best
to support that going forward in this new world that we live in.
We want to try to discover how people are feeling, how they
are operating, and what they are missing."
We can use technology to our advantage as we physically
navigate through the workplace. We'll have the best tools as
we manage a mix of telecommuting and on‐site tasks. "Design
and technology will be working in tandem so that we're moving
back into the office in a coordinated, thoughtful way," Mills
adds, suggesting, "We need to design and adjust to ensure
that there is physical distance and travel patterns are identified,
and we will change seating plans to better accommodate the
volume of people."
The pandemic has made social distancing the norm but,
surprisingly, it also has helped to foster renewed connections
with colleagues, and it's brought about cross‐team collaboration
that will ultimately invigorate our work and the industry overall.
"This wholesale change that we're experiencing very directly
includes the participation of everybody who works in the office.
As an industrial designer, I find that exciting," Verbeek says.
Teknion's Around task chair
offers mix-and-match back
styles, fabrics, and finishes
to create a unique statement.

Mills agrees and believes this camaraderie is truly what
wellness in the workplace is all about. "The level of connection
we've created now is strong," she says, "whether we are
back in the office or at home. This touchpoint is still incredibly
important to maintaining a healthy working environment."

(Image: Teknion)

ANNA ZAPPIA
A native of California, Anna Zappia has been
in New York City for more than a decade covering a range of topics
from fashion to architecture. She has provided content and worked on
research projects for Google, Zagat, and Sidewalk Labs. She currently
serves as a contributor to Floor Trends magazine.

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