How employee workspace affects well-being
Not having access to the tools and services you need to do your job is frustrating. It leads to stress, anxiety, and makes employees question how much their organization cares about them and their job. If prolonged and untreated, that stress and anxiety could be enough to make a person quit. Ensuring your workforce has the appropriate physical and digital workspace is key to employee experience. So is a workplace culture that recognizes and combats potential hazards in the employee workspace.
We see evidence of this regularly, from plexiglass protecting cashiers and customer service representatives from viruses to ergonomically designed office equipment to hardhat-only areas in manufacturing facilities. Different employee groups have unique needs, and everyone deserves an employee workspace that is meant to keep them safe and help them work efficiently. With the rise of the remote and hybrid work culture, these employees face hazards other groups may not.
For all its positives, working virtually has drawbacks for some people. Feelings of loneliness are more common with remote workers. Companies must support their workforce by setting the tone and proactively creating a culture where collaboration is encouraged, teams celebrate together, everyone has a voice, and managers check in with their employees during weekly meetings—not just ask for project updates.
Establishing boundaries should also be an organizational imperative. Overwork increases burnout, resulting in depression, stress, anxiety, and other harmful effects on employees, whether they’re remote or in the office. Encourage your workforce to unplug and step away from their workspaces by snoozing notifications after hours, taking vacation days, and using downtime to focus on their personal lives. These are hallmarks of healthy work cultures where employees are valued. People who work for these types of organizations are more resilient and better able to adapt to the unexpected, which can happen often both at work and in life.
Employee workspaces support the total well-being of the workforce and include tools, such as messaging apps, services, and the physical locations where employees work—whether their desk is at headquarters, their home, or mobile. The savviest, most competitive organizations realize that employee experience is impacted tremendously by employee workspaces. People want the apps, devices, and information they need to be successful in their roles at their fingertips. They want their employer to care about them, their time, and their performance. Having a workspace that meets their needs makes all the difference.