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How the ideal office takes care of your well-being

New technologies frequently come into the field for the well-being of workers, optimising spaces, tools and opportunities, from safety at work to health and well-being, to increase satisfaction, motivation and productivity, but also to stimulate collaboration and a pinch of healthy competitiveness that, if well addressed and managed, offers great opportunities to all.

The 21st century office is quickly moving away from the model, in which employees organised unlikely spaces and leisure opportunities at work, and into the era of Wellness, giving space to the physical and mental wellbeing of its tenants.

The ideal office and worker welfare

It seems difficult to combine the workplace with the well-being and total satisfaction of workers, but if in the past centuries this has often been inhospitable, austere and in some cases similar to the setting of a nightmare, today the office has changed drastically and as a result the atmosphere.
Workplaces change in form and substance, because a fit and happy employee is far more productive and efficient, as shown by numerous studies and as confirmed by the data we have today, thanks to the massive use of technology.
Modern offices are equipped with intelligent objects and sensors capable of recording numerous parameters, which can then be analysed to obtain valuable information. Sensors that analyse air quality, for example, but also the way in which employees, collaborators and visitors use and move around spaces, offering valuable ideas to those who take care of their maintenance, management and design.
This does not only mean worrying about their accessibility, but above all to redesign and remodel these places according to the psychophysical well-being of those who use them, for a few minutes or throughout the day.

The technology for the working environment

Technologies at the service of well-being are making improvements possible that were not in the past. At the heart of all this is the conviction that workplaces must be brought into harmony with the human beings who live there and their biology. One example among many is the lighting inspired by the circadian rhythm, which has already been tested in hospitals, schools and offices with excellent results on concentration, stress control and even the timing and dynamics of healing of patients. The fact that light affects people's moods and rhythms has been well known for a long time, but now that we are beginning to understand its mechanisms in more detail, we can design artificial lighting systems that are increasingly compatible with man and his nature.

Well-being at work and data

But what can the data really do? And how can they be collected and used in the best possible way? The new offices are able to adapt to the needs of their tenants in very different ways and forms, integrating the functionality and tools of the architecture and equipment of the structure with the devices and wearable technology of their occupants. The latter are becoming increasingly useful for defining new ways and models of work which are no longer based on the hours spent sitting at the desk or in front of the computer but marked by psychophysical wellbeing as a fundamental lever for productivity and fruitful collaboration within the company.
Through the data collected from these tools we can do what the wizards around the world boast they have always been able to do: look into the past, present and future. On the contrary, we can do much more: with a data driven approach we can even plan the future, verifying day after day that the implementation of the strategies suggested by the data is really effective.

The data collected so far in the many projects already underway around the world are confirming the initial assumption: a happy, fit and healthy worker is a worker who produces more and better quality output.

The office to a Wellness era

The examples given over the last 20 years by the large multinational companies have shown that a new corporate philosophy is not only possible, but really works and bears fruit. What companies are asking their employees to do today is no longer to sacrifice eight or more hours a day of their lives in the workplace, regardless of the work requirements of the moment, but to achieve results and achieve goals step by step, managing their time in the most congenial and profitable way.
That's why offices all over the world are undergoing a profound transformation, integrating large relaxation areas, gyms and fitness areas, meditation rooms and useful tools for the physical well-being of employees such as Technogym's Wellness Ball Active sitting, as well as more conventional spaces which are more versatile and dynamic than those of the past.
What really needs to change is the way we work and measure our results, not just in terms of turnover and productivity. If these continue to be the first and last objectives, in fact, rather than the consequence of the transition to a new era, there will have been no real change and the workplace will have simply remade the trick.

To become a full member of the Wellness Era, therefore, you need a clear and far-sighted project and path, which starts from the profound conviction of the company board and really meets the expectations and commitment of all employees.

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