How people spend their day has a critical effect on mental performance, wellbeing and creativity. By
understanding current and future ways clients use their space over the course of a day, project teams can better tailor future environments to impact healthy behaviors and support both physical and mental wellbeing.
What Neuroscience Research Tells Us
Taking a short break, once every 60 or 90 minutes, is critical to reduce work errors, improve productivity and reduce burnout. Spaces that engage the senses can help. (Tucker 2003)
Purposefully designed environments can blunt the negative effects of burnout, such as depression,
absenteeism and turnover. (Medina 2018) Almost one in six workers has quit a job as a result of work-related stress. (American Institute of Stress)
It is essential to build in opportunities for choice across collaborative and heads down work. This can mean aligning work tasks to a range of “prospect” and “refuge” spaces — areas where colleagues can both see each other and go to retreat. (LEE 2005)
Stress decreases the ability to work in a group setting due to a drop in emotional regulation. Properly designed spaces can reduce stress and restore the collaborative potential in groups. (Medina 2018)
Rest can decrease cognitive fatigue and reduce errors by 50%. (Wang 2016) Studies estimate that there are over $20 Billion dollars in direct costs in the US due to medical errors (Laursen 2018) Medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the US. (McMains, Vanessa, 2016)
Encourages Healthy Habits
Reframes environments and the way they support positive behaviors to enhance individual, team and
Identifies current and desired ways of working to provide enhanced building layouts for improved productivity.
Supports teams and individuals in identifying changes to daily routines and physical space to improve their performance and wellbeing.
Educates people on the fluctuations in their mental performance and that of their teammates, leading to more effective collaboration and increased creative output.