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Design for Overall Well-Being

Changes in workplace priorities and organizational cultures have shifted the wellness discussion. No longer is the goal solely to promote movement. Now the conversation includes designing environments for holistic health. And although wellness is still a top priority for both companies and consumers, it has taken on entirely new dimensions in meaning.

The Shift from Wellness ...

To help businesses and designers develop a more effective strategy for improving employee wellness, KI created nine practical principles in 2014 for designing environments that could promote worker activity and cultivate a healthier workforce. These best-practice pillars were primarily centered on stimulating inherent movement within the office environment.

... To Overall Well-Being

As goals climb from simply ensuring wellness to fully attaining well-being, additional needs came to light demanding new concepts in design thinking. The need to design for total health —for an active body and mind—must now be acknowledged and new practices adopted.

Culture of Health Movement

A holistic approach to workplace well-being integrates support for emotional, physical, social, career, and financial well-being. It’s a goal worth pursuing. Companies with a culture of health outperform the stock market by an average of 2% a year and see 11% lower turnover.

What's Changed in the Last Decade?

How we...

How We Measure Wellness

Today, both physical health and mental health are holistically intertwined with the goal of ensuring an individual’s overall well-being.

How We Encourage Healthy Behaviors

Before recent events, simply establishing a wellness program with related policies was expected to drive healthy behaviors. Today, encouraging healthier employee behaviors also requires role modeling and leadership support.

How We Monitor Health

With today’s wearable technologies, users are now empowered to continuously monitor their health goals, engage in activities, and are given timely health insights for greater control.

Designing for a New Hierarchy of Needs

In 2014, the most important A&D objectives were improving employee satisfaction and engagement, reducing real estate costs, and increasing recruitment and retention. Today the top goals are encouraging well-being and creating a workplace that supports a variety of work styles.


7 Principles for Workplace Well-Being

With a desire to design for total health, organizations can now be guided by seven key design principles for an active body and mind.

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