Chris Blencowe, Sustainability Manager at office fit-out and refurbishment contractor, Parkeray, discusses how workplaces can create a sustainable work environment that supports employee health and wellbeing.
It’s safe to say the pandemic has completely transformed the office environment as we know it. With social distancing measures and new processes in place to help stop virus transmission, workers are operating in a very different way.
Over the years, offices have evolved drastically to suit the different moods of workers, encourage productivity and attract top talent. Innovations in the building’s physical attributes, flexible ways of working, as well as social and cultural elements all play a big part in this.
Sustainability and CSR have certainly taken a leading role. Especially when it comes to attracting and retaining the younger generation of workers, who prioritise employers and workspaces that are responsible and environmentally friendly.
BRITA Professional recently conducted research into this trend; it revealed that Millennials and Generation Z highly value the sustainability credentials of their employer, with an overwhelming majority (86%) saying they would stay at a company longer if it reported back on how it is lowering its impact on the environment.
 Life is Better Filtered: Next Generation Workplace Sustainability (survey of 1,000 participants), 3GEM in collaboration with BRITA Professional, February 2019