Gone are the days when office space meant grey partitions and bad fluorescent lighting.

Today the design of an office can be almost as big a drawcard as the business itself – especially as more employees seek work spaces that are conducive to good health.

While many companies have promoted staff wellness through discounted gym memberships, health funds and healthy cafe food, another option is to ensure the design of the workplace itself promotes wellbeing.

Libby Sander, assistant professor of organisational behaviour at Bond University’s Bond Business School, says there is a range of ways staff can be affected by poor workplace design, such as low lighting levels and noisy environments, the latter being one of the main ones that can result in high levels of stress and elevated heart rates.

With our hyper-competitive workplace environment, attracting and retaining top talent is a key driver of success.

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