Miami’s office market continues to be dependent on coworking firms to fill their spaces, but some landlords are concerned that their absorption rate is becoming too much.
The key factor for boosting wellness in the workplace
Circadian science has become more mainstream thanks to emphasizing the now $4.2 trillion wellness industry.
Workplaces are now adopting new lighting systems to boost company morale and productivity. Keara Fanning, who leads a sustainability practice at JLL, says that humans are evolved to wake up when the sun goes up and sleep at sundown. We are affected when our environment’s lighting does not reflect this pattern.
Now, scientists say that the correlation between a cloudy day and fatigue is not coincidental. Scientists have found that photoreceptors in the eye that help set our circadian clock. These receptors are most sensitive to blue wavelengths of light, which can suppress melatonin, meaning overexposure to blue light can keep us awake at night and help you focus during the day.
Workplaces are attempting to combat this by having thoughtful light fixtures in their design. For example, Arup Group’s Boston office has implemented circadian lighting that changes color temperature throughout the day. It is able to provide natural lighting, as well as warmer colored lights that reduce blue light as the sun goes down.
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“A lot of light with significant blue content signals day and less light with diminished blue content signals night – the greater the differential, the easier it is for our bodies to adapt to a 24-hour day-night cycle,” said ays Shruti Koparkar, leader of corporate strategy and development at Ecosense Lighting. “If there is not much difference, the body is confused.”
Technology exists to make implementing proper lighting easier in an office.
Additionally, Mirvac’s WELL Certified Gold headquarters in Sydney is applying an automatic blind system that adjusts as the sun moves throughout the day to support energy efficiency and overall wellness.
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Gym-coworking hybrids have gained traction recently, allowing members to be productive at work while encouraging them to take care of their physical and mental health.
The 2019 Global Coworking Survey has revealed that there is to be 2.2 million coworking members by the end of this year and identified the state of the industry so far.
Office Depot has been testing out coworking spaces within three of their existing locations in an effort to expand its current services and drive traffic into stores.
Just ahead of its IPO, WeWork has signed four new Manhattan leases to open its “Headquarters by WeWork” offering dedicated to providing un-branded spaces for clients.
Despite the coworking industry seeming congested, operators are not concerned about the competition as each coworking space gears its services to a specific audience.
Flexibility in the workplace has become a common option for workers, but some firms are going further by becoming 100% remote so staff can work from wherever they please.
Coworking firms, such as WeWork and Knotel, have been rapidly expanding their footprint in New York’s Flatiron District as it becomes the city’s hub for shared offices.
British brand Established & Sons have introduced four new furniture designs that aim to create a more comfortable workplace, while also being functional to homes.
Condeco’s newest research paper found that 41% of employers offer remote working, thanks largely in part to major technological advancements that are sweeping workplaces.
Industrious is partnering up with national retail and mixed-use developer Seritage Growth Properties to brings its coworking spaces into five of the retailers locations.
Companies have accepted that wellness in the workplace should be prioritized, but the trendiness of it can overshadow what is most effective — starting from the basics.