26 June 2019 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Workplace data analyst Leesman and wellness real estate and technology company Delos are collaborating to investigate how real estate strategy can better support well-being at work.
As a wide variety of strategies are being promoted as a secret to 'wellness at work', this collaboration "aims to test and validate the impact of leading real estate strategies on worker well-being on an ongoing basis, not only when the office is new".
Leesman will include a special "Environmental Wellbeing Module" based on review and synthesis of research on topics related to workplace design, workplace well-being, occupational health, happiness, psychological welfare, and environmental stress, among others.
The Leesman survey together with the module - the design of which was led by Sally Augustin PhD, a global expert in environmental psychology - meets the precondition survey criteria for the WELL Building Standard version 2 pilot (WELL v2), and also offers some optimisations in feature C04 of WELL v2.
Intended to add "a minimal amount of questions while testing key constructs, the module can be easily added to the core Leesman survey and is available upon request to all buildings interested in tracking environmental wellbeing".
The results of the pilot, conducted with one of the 'Big 5' accounting firms and its 21 UK-based buildings in late 2018, suggest that even the highest-performing workplaces within the Leesman databank have more work to do when it comes to supporting employee welfare.
This places the onus on real estate teams and business leaders to focus on total human sustainability in addition to business sustainability.
Peggie Rothe PhD, Leesman's development director and head of insights and research, said: "We're now canvassing interest from Fortune 500 companies who are committed to pursuing wellness at work. This proves health and well-being is sliding higher up the business agenda. In time, the results from the wellness module will arm businesses with the data they need to deliver their wellness strategies."