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“We have reached the collective realization that
sustainability extends beyond the environment to the
whole person,” Durst said. “We spend 90 percent
of our time indoors, so how we design a building
is important, but how that design affects those who
move through the building—that’s the question
designers must answer now.”
Designing a human-centered workplace can
attract and retain talent and encourage employees to
be healthier and less stressed, which can add up to a
big cost savings for employers over time. According
to Durst, designers must make the case to their clients.
“If a company is going to invest in something, it should
be their people, and the best way to invest in people
is to support their health and well-being in the workplace.
Design is step one.”
The conversation about branding and corporate culture
has finally progressed, Durst noted. “The holy grail of
branding is building a community around a company or
product. Everyone wants to belong—it’s human nature.”
Designers have long been incorporating an
organization’s brand into workplace design to support,
attempt to change, or to create a workplace culture,
but true community goes beyond corporate colors,
logo decals, and ping-pong tables.
“Social media has made it easy to opt out of
offline relationships because we feel like we’ve
engaged with others via comments and likes all day,”
Durst explained. “But humans are social. We need
face-to-face interaction, and the workplace is filling
that void for many people.”
Harnessing the desire for community has the
power to cultivate employee loyalty, engagement,
productivity, and satisfaction. But community can’t
be forced; instead, designers must create organic
opportunities for employees to come together.
In a tech-saturated world, many of us have become
master multitaskers glued to our screens 24/7. This
sounds productive, but research suggests the
opposite. And as we realize the toll hyper connectivity
has taken, more people are seeking respite from the
constant onslaught of information.
In response, beauty—the kind that engages
all the senses—is poised for a comeback, and
with it the reintroduction of texture, color, and
“Creating beauty is a humanely essential part
of what designers do,” Durst said. “You can create
the most technically efficient and effective office in
the world, but if it’s not aesthetically pleasing—no
one will want to work there. Designing moments of
beauty in a workplace encourages people to stop
and reflect, and ultimately sparks inspiration. Beauty
and authenticity are integral to making our work-
places more appealing and our employees happier
and healthier. Beauty matters.”
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...humans are social.
We need face-to-face
interaction, and the
workplace is filling
that void for many people.
—Cheryl S. Durst