Category Archives: Employee experience

Enhancing the human experience: algorithms to drive individual workplace comfort

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When it comes to workplace comfort, researchers at Purdue University are proving the theory that one size doesn’t fit all.

An ongoing study at the Purdue University Center for High Performance Buildings (CHPB), in partnership with JLL, is looking at the effect of customizable indoor environment conditions on employee productivity and satisfaction and building energy consumption. The goal of the two-year project, “Development of self-tuned indoor environments,” is to use measures of individual preferences to come up with smart building technology solutions.

“Essentially we are developing algorithms that can learn occupant preferences accurately and efficiently,” said Associate Professor of Civil Engineering Panagiota Karava, one of the researchers on the project.

Founded in 2013, the CHPB has quickly emerged as a leader in the smart building innovation space. Supported by partnerships with industry leaders, the CHPB takes a multi-disciplinary approach to its research projects, by bringing in experts in mechanical, civil and electrical engineering, as well as specialists in psychology and human behavior.

JLL has partnered with the CHPB on 13 research projects, including this one. The study is collecting data from over 200 participants in private and open-plan offices in an on-campus building that is a living laboratory. Each private office is equipped with dimmable electric lights, motorized shades and a Variable Air Volume system. In one sub-study, sensors measured temperature, light levels and occupant actions as participants were asked to engage in a regular 8-hour workday and interact with the customizable control systems from their desks. … Read More

Total Impact: a game changing methodology

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A groundbreaking approach known as Total Impact (TI) is helping companies to realize the impact they have not only on workplace and employees, but also on society, the environment and the economy. The methodology builds off existing financial reporting as well as corporate sustainability and integrated reporting.

JLL is currently piloting a TI assessment in the UK. While JLL is still in the process of calculating impacts, Sophie Walker, UK Head of… Read More

5 steps to create a happier – and more productive – workplace

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There’s no doubt that creating a happier, healthier workplace can pay dividends – especially when it comes to driving productivity (not to mention, attracting and retaining top talent). But where should your organization start on your journey to build a happier work environment by inspiring mindfulness and gratitude? While opportunities to inspire a happier workforce abound, the below suggestions are a useful starting point.

While it’s impossible to build a happier work environment overnight, there are a number of simple steps that you can take as you start your journey to a happier, more productive workplace:… Read More

Health, meet wealth: Connecting the dots between gratitude, mindfulness and productivity

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Well-being in the workplace is a hot topic these days, especially among forward-looking organizations. There’s no question that happier employees are more productive employees, which has a positive impact on the bottom line – but where should you invest your resources to help your employees lead happier lives? The answer is deceptively simple: start by helping your employees to take time for gratitude and mindfulness.  

Creating a culture of happiness in the workplace is no small task – especially in the face of many common work-related stressors like tight deadlines or long hours. Fortunately, the business case for creating a happier workplace – starting with initiatives to inspire gratitude and mindfulness – is stronger than ever before.… Read More

Well-being in the workplace: Why it’s more important than you think

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It’s easy to lose sight of qualities like mindfulness, gratitude, and happiness at work – especially when you’re already stressed to the max with a tough workload and tight deadlines. But recent research tells a different story: that fostering an environment of well-being in your workplace has implications beyond simply lightening the office mood.   

What do you think of when you hear words like “mindfulness,” “gratitude” or “happiness”? Probably not the corporate world, where productivity and profitability are almost always top-of-mind. What role, then, does well-being play in creating a sustainable workplace? And how can a focus on workplace happiness contribute to the bottom line?

Conventional wisdom tells us that, “If I work hard, I will be successful – and that will make me happy.” But experts today actually suggest that the opposite is true: “If I am happy, I will work hard and gain success.”

The science of happiness supports this line of thinking. When you feel positive, dopamine floods the brain – which activates your brain’s learning centers, increasing intelligence, creativity, energy levels, resilience, productivity and your overall sense of well-being in the process. Happiness is also a contagious, collective phenomenon – which simplifies the task of creating a true culture of happiness in the workplace. … Read More