The Thriving at Work report, commissioned by the UK government, was launched today (26th October 2017) with some significant findings on mental health in the workplace. The report shows that 300,000 people with long-term mental health problems lose their job each year. Poor mental health costs businesses between £33 billion and £42 billion a year, with an annual cost to the UK economy of between £74 billion and £99 billion.
Can the design and layout of the workplace have an impact on people's mental health? Many of the factors that lead to mental health problems – such as sitting for long periods of time, stress, limited socialisation, lack of space to concentrate, and disengagement – can be prevented by making wellbeing a priority in your workplace design and layout. Here are five tips for designing a workspace that improves your colleagues' wellbeing.