UK-GBC launches “Wellbeing Labs” compendium on green, healthy offices through Better Places for People project

Friday 21st April 2017

 

The UK Green Building Council has launched a new publication detailing the experiences of participants in its “Wellbeing Labs” initiative, conducted through the WorldGBC’s Better Places for People project.

The Wellbeing Labs are a core part of UK-GBC’s work on health and wellbeing. They comprised a seven-month knowledge exchange programme designed to guide participants through measuring and implementing health, wellbeing, and productivity principles in offices, using the framework first outlined in WorldGBC’s 2014 landmark report Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices.

The 11 participants - which included Better Places for People sponsors Skanska and ARUP, and regular contributor to the project (and WorldGBC Corporate Advisory Board member) JLL – met on a regular basis to discuss real-life projects in a collective and collaborative learning process.

Each of the project teams had varying experiences over the course of the programme, as they examined their spaces and organisations. But a number of common themes emerged. These included identifying the value of staff perception surveys, the difficulty of monitoring aspects like indoor air quality, and the realisation that investing in your own staff is a win-win in terms of increased health and productivity, but also attracting and retaining talent.  

The insights outlined in the compendium were launched at a UK-GBC event last night which included a presentation from The Monomoy Company’s Richard Francis.

Following the event, John Alker, UK-GBC’s Campaign and Policy Director, and WorldGBC Board Member, said: “There was an amazing atmosphere at the launch event, with a great turnout of a highly-engaged UK-GBC membership, all striving to demonstrate leadership in health and wellbeing. I’d like to congratulate all the teams who took part in the Lab for demonstrating their commitment to this topic, and for acknowledging the importance of practising what they preach.”

The full compendium is available to download here.

For further information on the Better Places for People project, click here