KPIs for employee health and wellbeing in flexible workplaces

It’s generally agreed that flexible working is a good way to improve health and wellbeing for some employees, who might find it difficult to work full-time from the office.

We know this to be true – we have serviced offices in Manchester and London that provide flexible workplaces for small businesses, as well as virtual offices at the same addresses that enable seamless working from home.

But what about employees who divide their time between working from the office and working from another location, whether that’s home, travelling for work, or anywhere else?

According to research carried out at the Politecnico di Milano, half of employees globally spend only half of each week working from the office – and that’s before the Coronavirus pandemic emerged.

For the other two and a half days, they work from home, on the road, or at a third-party location.

What affects flexible workers’ workplace wellbeing?

When flexible workers need to come into the office, they face a variety of environmental factors that can have a positive or negative effect on their health, wellbeing and physical comfort.

The researchers compiled a list of nearly 20 factors that affect workplace wellbeing for flexible employees – this is a ranked list, with the most important variables at the top.

  1. Thermal Control
  2. Workload Management
  3. Safe Workplace
  4. Job Content
  5. Natural Ventilation
  6. Air Quality Control
  7. Organisational Culture
  8. Psychosocial Support
  9. Light Levels
  10. Clarity in Leadership Roles
  11. Layout and Ergonomic Furniture
  12. Social Climate
  13. Glare Control
  14. Reward and Recognition
  15. Acoustic Comfort
  16. Development and Growth
  17. Civility and Respect
  18. Engagement and Involvement
  19. Biophilic Design

It’s interesting to note that throughout this list, some relatively simple practical measures are mixed with more abstract aspects of company culture – and with HVAC issues ranking so highly, it’s no surprise that so many workplace disputes arise from who controls the air conditioning.

What you can do to help

All of the factors listed above are within your grasp, and while we won’t interfere with your company culture, we make sure our serviced offices in London and Manchester cater for the practical workplace considerations.

Spacious, ventilated and air-conditioned serviced offices with plenty of natural light tick several of the boxes from the moment you move in.

We provide ergonomic furniture from recognised brand names in office interiors, so your staff can work in comfort over the course of a long day.

Our light and airy interiors, waterside locations in Salford Quays and the Isle of Dogs, and carefully placed pot plants cover the bases of biophilic design too.

And with on-site washrooms, breakout rooms for relaxation and kitchen areas for mealtimes, your employees have all they need to stay satisfied and motivated until home time.

To find out more about how our serviced offices in Manchester and London can support your flexible workplace practices, please contact us today.

And remember, we also operate virtual offices from the same premises – so if you want to be able to work from anywhere while keeping a professional office address, we’ve got you covered.

Serviced office kitchens let employees choose their diet

We all need regular meals to keep our energy levels up during the day, but while large companies may operate a canteen on their premises, you might find serviced offices with kitchens are better suited to a diverse workforce.

Research published in the April 2020 edition of the International Journal of Workplace Health Management looked at employees’ attitudes to food provided to them in hospitality workplaces, including the opinions of migrant workers.

The researchers found that many employees think their workplace canteen food is unhealthy and high in fat – leading some to go off-site and eat foods they find more familiar and healthy.

“In increasingly globalised workplaces, food provision is important for both emotional and physical health,” they wrote.

“The study’s findings have relevance to other multicultural workplaces where the food provided to staff may have consequences for employee wellbeing.”

Catering for diverse tastes

Giving employees control of what they eat for lunch is a small but significant step that can improve their health and wellbeing, maintain concentration into the afternoons, and even boost morale overall as workers feel empowered to enjoy their mealtimes more.

Serviced offices with kitchens allow you to do all of this, without the cost of providing snacks or hot cooked meals at the company’s own expense.

Our serviced office kitchens are well equipped areas where employees can prepare a simple meal, before heading to a breakout room or back to their desk to eat without a prolonged break from productive work.

What to cook in the workplace

‘Fast food’ doesn’t have to mean unhealthy meals. Some of the most popular foods to cook in the office make for relatively healthy and satiating lunches.

Soup is an ever-popular option. It can be made from powder, poured from a can or tub, or prepared in advance at home and brought into work in a flask.

Employees from different countries and cultures can bring their favourite foods to reheat at lunchtime, as well as smaller hot snacks throughout the day.

Kitchen areas are not just for lunch, either. They’re a chance to grab a satisfying breakfast after a commute into the office, or to eat something quickly if staying behind to work late.

All this adds up to happier, healthier employees, increased morale and improved productivity, as your workforce spends less time out of the office.

Other ways to maintain a healthy workplace

Food is just one part of keeping staff happy and healthy. Our serviced offices aim to give your employees everything they need to work well and stay well.

We have serviced offices in London and Manchester, both located close to public transport for an easier commute, and both equipped for employees to arrive by bicycle to keep fit.

Nearby shops and delicatessens allow employees to buy snacks and food if they did not bring it from home.

And we provide comfortable breakout rooms – somewhere to eat away from the desk, or just a comfy chair to relax for a few minutes during lunch or a tea break, before going back to the job with renewed energy.