Physical and mental wellbeing will become increasingly important components in the next future of work -- making it harder for organizations to ignore advancing bodies of science validating the impact that office design has on human performance and behavior. Gone are the days when historical metrics such as cost per square foot and first cost drive decisions. This new era will center on people and focus on engagement, productivity, recruitment and retention. As employee engagement numbers hover around 30%, organizations that move the needle through wellbeing, resiliency and flexibility will come out ahead. At a NeoCon Designing Well webinar hosted in April of 2021, industry leaders from SmithGroup and General Motors shared how wellbeing and people-centered strategies can drive positive changes in organizational culture, spur innovation, and enhance engagement and productivity.
- George Athens, AIA, Fitwel Ambassador, Principal, Workplace Studio Leader, SmithGroup - Detroit Office
- Candice Messing, Program Manager, General Motors
- Nancy Kohout, PE, LEED AP, Principal, Engineering Leader, SmithGroup - Chicago Office