What workplace health trends do we expect for 2018?

Workplaces naturally evolve: so what workplace health trends are in store for us in 2018?

The psychology of work is changing, and with that comes a shift in workplace design and policy. The line between work and home is becoming increasingly blurred, technology is freeing us from the limitations of our office boundaries and physical and mental health is finally being treated as a priority by employers.

Also this year...

1. Employers will make wellbeing a top priority

In 2017 we saw employers begin to take wellbeing seriously. Successful mental health campaigning was backed up by a number of shocking reports, such as the study carried out by Business In The Community and YouGov released in October, which revealed a severe lack of awareness about work-related mental health among managers in Britain.

We predict that in 2018, employers will not only take wellbeing seriously, they will actually start to prioritise it. They'll allocate bigger budgets, hire expert consultants to draw up plans and actively monitor and measure the results of various initiatives. In other words, wellbeing will become a KPI.

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2. Active working will become the norm

We've been talking about active working for a few years now but how many of us can really be described as 'active workers'? We think that employers are starting to see the concrete benefits of encouraging employees to move more at work.

This year research will continue to highlight the health benefits of moving more. With a boost in staff morale, a drop in absenteeism and a spike in enthusiasm and inspiration, we believe employers will embrace active working this year like never before.

Movement will become a natural, ingrained part of our everyday office lives in 2018 and sedentary behaviour will be increasingly discouraged.

Find out more about what active working is and how to do it here ›

3. Management will switch to agile

Active working comes under the broader umbrella term of 'agile working'. Agile working is a workplace philosophy that encourages flexibility. The end goal is for an organisation to become more adaptable and resilient in our fast-paced business world.

In 2017 we talked about agile working a great deal but in 2018 we're hoping to see more of our clients embracing the concept. Already our consultants are receiving more agile working service requests, and we're working hard to build the concept into our website to help you find the right equipment to aid this way of working. In fact, our January webinar is all about how to choose the right products for agile working. You can sign up here.

Find out more about agile working here ›

4. Human interaction will be encouraged

The emergence of mobile technology has instilled fear in traditionalists: are we a nation of humans glued to our phones and tablets? Have we forgotten how to socialise?

Despite these fears, this year we expect to see a reemergence of face-to-face communication in offices. Managers will recognise the value in physical interaction, especially as more employees will be out of the office working remotely. Effort will be made to create break-out areas, to organise social events and schedule in walking meetings.

Office designers are already creating spaces designed to increase the likelihood of serendipitous encounters, inter-departmental collaboration and idea sharing. This is something we are always considering in our office design projects team.

Find out more about our design projects here ›

5. Focus will be on upskilling existing employees

Training is on the rise and it will continue to be a big investment area for businesses in 2018. Employers have seen the value in nurturing existing employees to improve retention rate and increase the skill-set of the business.

We offer bespoke online and face-to-face training and we hope this service will be embraced by our clients this year, as it's a great way of giving employees personalised training specific to your business. We worked with a number of large corporations in 2017 to create bespoke online courses with expert content and illustrations, and we're always looking for our next exciting project.

Find out more about our e-learning here ›