According to the EPA, Americans now spend on average 90% of their lives indoors and 70% of that time is spent in the seated position. According to Gallup Daily, 32% of employees in the U.S. are involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work, and workplace. However, when asked about their previous day of work, more than half (55%) of U.S. workers reported feeling stressed.
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) posits that there is a correlation between the office environment and the health and productivity of the workforce, yet there was little empirical research to support this claim. In May 2016, ASID moved into its headquarter office to test the impacts that specific interior design elements would have on their employees’ health and productivity, as well as the organization’s operations.
Investing in office environments not only benefits workers, but also presents opportunities to improve an organization’s return on investment and lower its negative impact on the environment. Due to the research conducted by ASID and its partners, as well as the media campaign that resulted, tens of thousands of workers are healthier, and many organizations are more successful than before.
We believe there’s a correlation between the built environment and the wellness and well-being of people. We now spend over 90% of the time indoors. We need the design of our spaces to support what our bodies need to thrive.
—Randy Fiser, CEO, ASID
Did you know?
Americans now spend on average 90% of their lives indoors.
American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)