Toxic workplaces can damage well being and productivity

“Toxic” workplaces are jeopardising employee well-being, leading to poor productivity, long-term sickness and ultimately impacting on staff recruitment and retention, according to professional engineering, consulting and project management services firm AECOM.

Although most responsible organisations recognise the importance of keeping their employees safe, the same focus is not currently given to wellness.

Organisations that do not prioritise employee wellness and design their workplaces accordingly will lose talent and potentially face bottom-line repercussions, says AECOM.

Some 9.9 million working days lost because of work-related stress, depression or anxiety in Great Britain in 2014/151, so employees’ health and happiness can have a direct impact on business performance.

Making improvements to the physical environment can help organisations create spaces and working cultures that encourage creativity, support well-being and increase job satisfaction.

Nicola Gillen, global practice lead of strategy at AECOM, said: “The link between employee well-being and the built environment must not be overlooked in the drive to increase efficiency and the bottom line. Redesigning and reimagining the workplace to better support how work is done now and in the future not only enhances well-being, it also improves performance and productivity. With four generations occupying the same space, it is important the physical environment meets their different working styles.”