Wellness spaces aren’t new. But they have become a growing trend in recent workplace design. Beyond a fitness area or gym, these trendier spaces usually offer unexpected features that elevate them from the federally mandated minimum. Showing dedication to human-centric design. But trendy wellness spaces are more than just for show. Whether it’s workplace stressors or outside forces, employees’ personal needs can’t always wait until the end of the business day. Adding a dedicated room for personal wellness can help ensure that employees are able to find space to work through their needs.
Curious to know what it takes to design one effectively? Here are some things you’ll want to keep in mind…
Choose a Discrete Location
You don’t want employees to feel pressure when they need to use a wellness room. Strategically placing your wellness room in a quieter spot goes a long way in making people feel more comfortable and relaxed from the beginning.
Include Diverse Seating Options for Different People's Needs
At the very minimum, every wellness room should include a recliner. However, an ideal space will include a longer sofa that allows employees to lay down. It’s also not a bad idea to include a second, smaller chair in case someone wants a supportive colleague or friend in the room with them.
Use Indirect Lighting Sources
Indirect, artificial lighting sources are key. In fact, we suggest that all-natural lighting be completely avoided. This is because migraines and photosensitivity-causing headaches are a primary use of wellness rooms. Total control of lighting is incredibly important, so use upward-facing light fixtures or gentle lamps for lighting with every source controlled by dimmer switches.
Setting the Tone for the Space
Paint color and artwork will help you set the tone for the space. Neutral tones that aren’t too dark and aren’t too light should be used; a taupe or bluish-gray is ideal. Artwork should be simple, serene, and relaxing.
Incorporating wellness spaces into your designs is very important for today’s workforce. And many employers see value in providing time and space for these areas to be used. Including wellness into your design will help not only future employees, but also the employers who will see less in overhead and medical costs by providing areas to blow off steam before getting back to work. Would you consider adding a wellness space into your design? Let us know in the comments!