Human-centric Architecture: Enhancing employee wellbeing and productivity in the workplace

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17 May 2024

In contemporary architecture and interior design, we're witnessing a profound shift. Gone are the days of buildings constructed purely for utility; now, the focus is on creating environments that prioritise the human experience.

This evolution brings forth the concept of human-centric architecture, where the wellbeing and productivity of occupants take precedence. At the heart of this approach lies the recognition of the interconnectedness between built environments and human behaviour, particularly in the context of the workplace.

In today's fast-paced world, employee wellness is no longer just a passing trend but a crucial factor driving organisational success. Research has shown that fostering a work environment that prioritises wellbeing leads to increased productivity, higher job satisfaction, and enhanced creativity. At CPMG, we embrace this ethos wholeheartedly, recognising the profound impact our designs can have on the lives of those who inhabit them.

At CPMG, our head office stands as a testament to our commitment to prioritising employee welfare and efficiency. Designed with the principles of hybrid working in mind, our space embodies connectivity and collaboration. By conducting thorough briefings and workplace analyses, we ensured that every aspect of the office promotes a sense of belonging and engagement. Our open-plan layout encourages cross-departmental interaction, fostering a connected team dynamic. With south and east facing glazing providing views of nature's beauty, including mature trees and birds, our space embraces the benefits of biophilic design principles. Gone is the traditional reception area, replaced instead by a welcoming touch-down coffee bar and central social space, where colleagues, clients, and consultants can gather for informal discussions and catch-ups. Additionally, our connected welfare space, provides an intimate alcove for socialising and relaxation We've also implemented practical solutions, such as an 'Amazon Drop' for personal deliveries and former bank vaults repurposed into quiet, confidential rooms. Our commitment to hybrid working is supported by state-of-the-art IT systems, ensuring seamless connectivity across our offices and remote locations. As we settle into our new space, we continue to explore ways to enhance the employee experience, showcasing our holistic approach to creating environments that truly feel better.

CPMG Head Office

When we speak of wellbeing, we delve into the intricacies of what we call the 6Rs of resilience: recreation, refuelling, relationships, responsibility, reflections, and relaxation. Each of these elements plays a vital role in nurturing a holistic sense of wellness among employees. Recreation spaces offer avenues for rejuvenation and creativity, while areas designated for refuelling promote healthy eating habits and sustained energy levels. Strong relationships cultivated within the workplace foster a sense of belonging and camaraderie, essential for both personal and professional growth.

Responsibility and Reflections are pillars upon which individuals build resilience, encouraging accountability and self-awareness. However, amidst the hustle and bustle of the modern workplace, the importance of relaxation often gets overlooked. Creating environments conducive to relaxation is not a luxury but a necessity. Here, the significance of human-centric architecture shines brightest.

Connection, breaks, and noise levels are three critical aspects that directly impact employee wellbeing and, consequently, productivity. A well-designed workspace facilitates meaningful connections between colleagues, fostering collaboration and innovation. Strategic breaks throughout the workday allow individuals to recharge and maintain focus, enhancing overall efficiency. Moreover, carefully curated noise levels ensure a conducive environment for focused work, laying the foundation for successful collaborative endeavours.

Indeed, focused work serves as the bedrock upon which collaborative efforts thrive. By providing designated spaces tailored to individual work styles and preferences, human-centric architecture strikes a delicate balance between solitude and sociability. Whether it's a quiet nook for deep concentration or an open lounge area for brainstorming sessions, our designs cater to the diverse needs of today's workforce.

Our Workplace Consultancy service at CPMG offers a unique opportunity to harness the transformative power of architecture centred around human need. By seamlessly integrating the principles of wellbeing and productivity into our designs, we create environments that prioritise the needs of individuals and foster positive human experiences. Through a comprehensive process of engagement, fact-finding, and data analysis, we gain insights into how people interact with space, allowing us to tailor our recommendations to suit your specific objectives. By placing people at the heart of our investigations, we ensure that your workplace is not just a place to work but a space that supports and enhances your team's wellbeing and productivity. Our track record speaks for itself, with clients experiencing significant area efficiencies and cost savings, and reporting a notable increase in productivity following the adoption of agile working. Whether you're looking to optimize your existing space or create a new environment that inspires creativity and collaboration, our Workplace Consultancy service is here to help you achieve your goals.

Our approach goes beyond aesthetics, transcending form and function to help every occupant thrive. By seamlessly integrating the 6Rs of resilience and addressing key factors such as connection, breaks, and noise levels, we create spaces that inspire, invigorate, and empower.

As we continue to redefine the boundaries of architectural innovation, let us never lose sight of the human element. Together, through thoughtful design and unwavering dedication to wellbeing, we pave the way for a future where every workspace is a sanctuary for efficiency and fulfillment. So let’s create something remarkable. responsible. real. Let’s create something together!

At CPMG, our head office stands as a testament to our commitment to prioritising employee welfare and efficiency.