How Does Your Work Environment Affect You?

Creating a functional yet aesthetically pleasing home environment has become a national obsession. The correlation between the state of one's home and one's emotional well being is widely accepted.

Yet, rarely are the same sensitivities applied to our work environments, a place where many of us spend a huge proportion of our waking hours.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recently published a set of guidelines for companies to help improve productivity in the workplace. The report focuses on the need to concentrate on employee health as billions of pounds are lost each year in sickness days.

The practical advantages of a well designed office go far beyond the more ambiguous benefits of good Feng Shui, nice carpet or corporate art. The detrimental effects of noisy, badly laid out offices on employee concentration and productivity are well documented and cannot be overstated.

The link between employees' health and their physical environment therefore is crucial. Work spaces that foster creativity, promote comfort and are flexible enough to support the requirements of work are environments that foster well-being and reduce stress. And if you need to be galvanised into action, have a look at the Telegraph's list of cool office spaces and be inspired!