A Space to Gather
The power of human connection is undeniable. In fact, it is critical for mental and physical well being. As the holidays approach, we are concentrating on the importance of creating spaces where people can gather.
The demand for amenities and beautiful cafe's are at an all time high. People need interaction outside of the office. They need to be able to disconnect from the always present digital world and not just for their sanity, but for health reasons too.
Employees with strong social connections are generally healthier and happier. According to Mayo Clinic, “Adults with strong social support have a reduced risk of many significant health problems, including depression, high blood pressure, risk of hearth attack, cancer, diabetes and an unhealthy body mass index (BMI).”
Research also found that older adults with a rich social life and quality relationships are likely to live a longer life than those with fewer social connections regardless of lifestyle. According to Mr. Robbins, author of "Healthy at 100", “those with close social ties and unhealthful lifestyles (such as smoking, obesity and lack of exercise) actually lived longer than those with poor social ties but more healthful living habits,”. However, he quickly added, “Needless to say, people with both healthful lifestyles and close social ties lived the longest of all.”
What does this mean for the office?
This is important for employers because healthy and happy employees tend to have higher levels of engagement at work, take less sick days, create less turnover, and bring more energy and creativity to the office.
Other Benefits of Positive Social Connections:
- Increase your sense of belonging and purpose
- Boost your happiness and reduce your stress
- Improve your self-confidence and self-worth
- Help you cope with traumas, such as divorce, serious illness, job loss or the death of a loved one
- Encourage you to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as excessive drinking or lack of exercise