The centrality of "wellness" in the workplace has become a much talked about topic within the commercial real estate industry. In fact, wellness has become a significant driving factor in decision making when it comes to the search for office space. This is because employers are increasingly putting their people first, offering their staff better services and conditions to retain talent and improve their bottom line.
While initial concepts of "Wellness in the Workplace" were associated with free gym memberships and company yoga classes, business leaders are recognising that the wellbeing of their employees goes well beyond that. In searching for new workspaces, more and more companies are looking towards the property itself to determine how their people's experience will be.
Recently, Macquarie Group embarked on its first property project which will pursue WELL Certification ( a system developed by the International WELL Building Institute that measures how the built environment contributes to human health and wellbeing) and other property projects around the country are now placing a strong focus on what was once considered a passing trend. What the WELL system shows, is that we can actually measure how the human experience is affected by the buildings we occupy and this has many implications for property strategy and search at the end of a commercial lease.
So what are the key wellness factors you should look out for as a tenant when searching for property?
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