WELLNESS IN THE WORKPLACE
CONCEPT linear vertical repetition rhythimic recurrance of successive elements
radial symmetry expansion & undulation through space circle as regular, geometric, curvilinear shape - calming qualitites
DESIGN CONTRIBUTIONS FOR MENTAL WELL-BEING AND INCREASING THE BOTTOM LINE valerie roosma
The circular representation of the sound wave illustrates its undulating movement during its expansion through three dimensional space. Sound is simultaneously desired and despised in the workplace. While excess noise can be distracting and stressful, it is essential for the verbal communication needed in highly collaborative work environments.
PREVALENCE The average employee spends thirty-three percent of his or her waking hours at the workplace
Depression results in more days of disability than
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4 4 hypertension 4 diabetes
Medical care costs seventy percent more for employees suffering from depression
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LEVEL ONE RCP SCALE: 1/16” = 1’ - 0”
Per year in the U.S., depression costs employers
center line - axis defining degree of balance contrast between light & dark, curviliniear & rectilinear
Persistent sadness Diminished interest in one’s activities Loss or gain of apetite Disrupted sleep Slowed body movement or thoughts Feelings of worthlessness Difficulty concentrating, remembering and deciding Thoughts of suicide or death
of respondents in a recent survey completed by over 200 U.S. companies believe that improvements in office design can
increase employee productivity
decrease employee stress
LEVEL ONE FLOOR PLAN SCALE: 1/8” = 1’ - 0”
DESIGN CONTRIBUTIONS Design has the capability to increase mental well-being by understanding the needs of each individual in terms of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
self social physical
The work environment must be conducive to social interaction and contribute to the development of social cohesion and social support between coworkers.
The work environment must allow the individual to have a level of control in defining (territorality) and deciding (flexibility) his or her physical workspace.
The work environment must balance its level of stimulation and meet the individual’s primary, physical needs by decreasing physical strain and distractions to allow optimal cognitive functioning.
• Centrally locate spaces that generate high levels of noise • Use finish materials with higher sound absorbancies as in carpet and acoustical ceiling tiles • Furniture taller than 53” at workstations provides acoustical privacy with a Sound Transmission Class performance rating of 20 or greater
• Combine general and task lighting to attain higher luminance values which reduces eye strain and glare • Specify luminaires with fixture shields or louvers to reduce glare and provide a uniform light pattern • Low-mounted luminaires deliver uniform, balanced illumination • Reduce light flicker by using fluorescent, HID or LED lamps operating on electronic ballasts
• Team based office layout promotes social cohesion • Team rooms help development of social support
• Activity generators (cafes or games rooms) incrase interaction company-wide by providing a common space for all employees • Common areas with visual presence increase social interaction • Collaborative areas in close proximity to commonly used spaces allow conversation to continue
• Branding helps develop company-wide identity that sends a visual message to employees and visitors
• Task chairs should provide a range of motion with vertical, horizontal and back adjustments • Dual, adjustable wall-mounted computer monitors increase visual screen space and allow user to modify for best posture • Ergonomic, wireless keyboard and mouse provide wrist support and allow user’s movement • Task lighting at individual workstations allows user to control amount of light
EXECUTIVE CONFERENCE ROOM
ELEVATION OF TEAM ROOMS
• Allow user to personalize space based on individual needs • Provide tack and white boards for user to define space • Lockable project rooms display team progress and allow development of identity • Provide a variety of workspaces that allow user to select where to work based on type of work • Focus rooms in close proximity to employee workstations allow for concentration on difficult tasks • Technology and power access increase flexibility in a variety of workspaces
• Blue promotes relaxation and reduces headaches and hypertension • Orange stimulates mental activity and should be used in collaborative environments
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Inspired soundwave concept
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Raw aesthetic of garage informs mood of HP’s office renovation
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HP garage known as birthplace of Silicon Valley
Bill Hewlett & Dave Packard began HP in one car garage
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Oscillator produces pure audible frequencies
Model 200A audio oscillator HP's first product and created for Walt Disney
331,800 employees & branches worldwide Cambridge based analytics software development branch selected for thesis project Physical environment typical, technology based office provides enhanced opportunity to study how design contributes to mental well-being & corporations’ bottom line
HP’S CORPORATE STRUCTURE
8’ ceiling enhances sense of safety
open to beyond
counter task lighting
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LEVEL TWO FLOOR PLAN SCALE: 3/32” = 1’ - 0”
COLLABORATIVE TEAM ROOM
upholstered cushion seating & backrest
COLLAB NODE ELEVATION SCALE: 1/2” = 1’ - 0”
architecture reflects circular expansion collaboration central component to social support and productivity circular shape encompasses user
finance & admin
conceptual representation of expanding rhythm
COLLAB NODE PLAN 7’ ceiling enhances sense of privacy and safety
ecouser infrasystem structure security interface analytics
partner industry services services
enclosed space increases collaboration upholstered cushion seating, backrest and ceiling
product creative research mngmnt
table allows user to use space as alternate workstation
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BANQUETTE SEATING DETAIL SCALE: 1/2” = 1’ - 0”
MEETING ROOMS & ATRIUM VIEW FROM BANQUETTE SEATING