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Designing for Emotional Wellbeing

  • Date

    Tuesday, January 14 2020

  • Time

    5:30pm-7:30pm

  • Location

    Steelcase

Glenstone Museum Administrative Offices by Stantec Architecture -  Ron Blunt Architectural Photography

 

As businesses amp up their focus on wellbeing, many are checking on their progress and looking to other organizations for benchmarking and inspiration. Most organizations understand the importance of physical wellbeing, but don’t clearly understand how to create an environment designed for the holistic wellbeing of the people who work there which, though often overlooked, includes their emotional wellbeing. By looking at wellbeing more holistically, organizations can create workplaces that will provide people with a great employee experience, that enables them to reach their full potential.

Today, many employers are rethinking how to address wellbeing by taking a more proactive, human centered approach. A synthesis of research by Steelcase researchers has identified six dimensions of emotional wellbeing that can be impacted by the built environment. Emotions shape people’s behaviors and determine their ability to be creative, innovative and strong contributors and those are critical levers for employee satisfaction and engagement. In contrast to emotional wellbeing, too much stress leads to negative emotions that put people on guard, conditioned for a “fight or flight” response, which leads to disengagement and ultimately tires the body and mind. This course will explore the rising importance of emotional wellbeing and demonstrate that by creating a workplace that addresses the emotional wellbeing of people, architects and designers will be able to help organizations increase employee engagement and drive business performance.

The course also shares thought starters and design principles that can be used by architects and designers to create environments where people will thrive.

 


Presented by: Anne Greenstone

Anne Greenstone is a Wellbeing Consultant at Steelcase, Inc., the global leader in office furniture, architectural and technology products. Anne joined Steelcase in the Midatlantic Region in 2012.  Anne is a Product Specialist and works specifically with solutions that will help support and enhance employee’s health and wellbeing.  She brings knowledge, resources, and information to our clients that are critical to incorporating wellbeing principals into good office design.  Anne will provide post-installation training to end users to insure they understand how to adjust their furniture and are working in a neutral posture. 

Anne graduated from Boston University with a BS in Education and got her MBA from the University of Maryland.  She is a Fitwel Ambassador and a Certified Ergonomic Evaluation Specialist.  Anne lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and daughter.


Organized by: AIA|DC Design + Wellbeing Committee

Sponsored by: Steelcase


At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explore the rising importance of emotional wellbeing and demonstrate that by creating a workplace that addresses the emotional wellbeing of people, they will be able to help organizations increase employee engagement and drive business performance;

  • Participants will learn design principles to create environments where people will thrive;

  • Participants will learn about the six dimensions of emotional wellbeing that can be impacted by the built environment; and 
  • Participants will learn how to create environments designed for the holistic wellbeing of the people who work there - physical, cognitive and emotional wellbeing.