These days it seems that most companies have a corporate wellness program in place, but when it comes to creating workplaces that staff love, are the eggs being placed in the wrong basket?

Atlassian head office

Atlassian head offfice, Sydney. Photo: Siren Design

From onsite fitness facilities to relaxation rooms and lunchtime yoga, it seems that employees actually just want the basics – fresh air and natural light.

The findings of a recent Harvard Business Review survey on What Employees Want Most from Their Workspaces highlighted air quality and comfortable light as the top two wellness aspects that employees’ value most. The top scorers were followed closely by water quality, thermal comfort, connection to nature and acoustics.

The wave of corporate wellness transforming the modern workplace is being driven by the millennials who prioritise their health and wellbeing above other aspects. Employers recognise that they need to facilitate the work/life balance of their staff to attract and retain quality employees. The report states that ‘employees who are satisfied with their work environments are 16% more productive, 18% more likely to stay, and 30% more attracted to their company over competitors.’

Australian Ethical Investment. Photo: Siren Design.

So when it comes to doing right by your employees, forget the Kombucha and gym memberships. Wellness starts with being a core belief of the organisation rather than ticking a box. True wellness provides workplaces that are healthy, stimulating and allow staff to perform at their best.

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