Workplace Wellbeing by Design
14-18 SEPTEMBER, 2020
In association with
Mad World Summit OBO

Why Attend

Aimed at the wide community of professionals who live, breathe, eat and sleep the complexities of workplace design,the Workplace Wellbeing by Design content is engineered for discussion, exploration and practical takeaways, with a line-up of distinguished speakers from across the spectrum - and a few surprises from left field.

What will you leave with?


Engage, absorb and put into practice learnings that shed new light on how design creates:

  • THE AGILE WORKPLACE – flexible spaces that serve different employee and company needs at different times.
  • THE WELCOMING WORKPLACE – a focus on the ‘workplace experience’, a holistic approach stemming from the consciousness that people need a coherent sense of belonging to perform at their best.
  • THE HUMAN WORKPLACE  - for which read ‘humane’. Design moves made with empathy for how people think, act and feel all contribute to the ‘shared humanity’ that gives psychological comfort.
  • THE SUSTAINABLE WORKPLACE – sustainability is not just a matter of recycling waste paper and turning off the lights. Design thinking gets to the heart of true sustainability, which is as much a matter of attitude as it is of action.
  • THE SMART WORKPLACE – although Covid-19 has taught us the value of online working and meetings, it has also generated a healthy suspicion of technological solutions to human issues. A smart workplace is one where relationships thrive.
  • THE SOCIAL WORKPLACE – see above for ‘Smart’. We aren’t 24-hour party people but we must design workplaces that celebrate the value of recreational space.
  • THE HEALTHY WORKPLACE – see ‘psychological comfort’. Air quality, natural light and acoustic separation are all important, but without that shared humanity, physical health is only half the story.
  • THE MINDFUL WORKPLACE – Mindfulness is nothing more or less than paying 100% attention. Mindful design creates spaces where staff, managers and suppliers all thrive, and where the work itself benefits.

Who will you meet?

  • Developers / Owners / Property Managers
  • CEOs and COOs, Corporate Decision Makers across Finance, HR, Real Estate and Facilities
  • Workplace Wellness / Marketing / ESG and CSR leaders
  • Designers / Architects / Consultants
  • Manufacturers / Suppliers / Service Providers.

In other words, all who are invested in creating humane workplaces that meet the corporate brief while contributing to occupants' wellbeing.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • People design: What is Wellbeing, and how can design deliver it to a diverse – and neuro-diverse – working population in a world impacted by the coronavirus pandemic?
  • Space design: Humanity and Humane-ness in the Workplace
  • Healthy design: What can the Workplace take from award-winning hospice design, where wellbeing is the work itself?
  • The implications of people-centred design in spaces that have to deliver efficiency and productivity at the same time as a holistic experience
  • The new caring, sharing post-coronavirus employer
  • Diversity vs Inclusion. How do we strike a balance?
  • Work and Play, play at work: Employees’ expectations in the 21st century
  • Technology, interaction and the quality of space – sound, light, air, visibility; techno-stress vs. techno-empowerment
  • Sensory design: Biophilia and bringing the power of nature into the workplace
  • See no evil, hear no evil: acoustic separation and visible inclusion
  • AI and future tech in the workplace
  • The future of Work and Workplace Design

And much more...

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Key Facts & Figures

Mental health is an issue your organisation can't afford to ignore. Not only is there a huge human cost of poor mental health at work, looking after the mental health of employees makes business sense. Tackling stigma can make a real difference to sickness absence rates, presenteeism levels, staff wellbeing and productivity, and retention.

  • 1 in 4 British workers are affected by conditions like anxiety, depression and stress every year
  • 95% of employees calling in sick with stress gave a different reason
  • 9 out of 10 people in the workplace say they wouldn’t tell people at work if they are experiencing problems with their mental health.
  • Presenteeism is estimated to cost businesses at least one and a half times as much as absenteeism.
  • Around half of all long-term sick leave in the UK is due to stress, depression and anxiety
  • Open and supportive workplaces benefit everyone - employees, employers and the bottom line
  • Younger employees are more likely to have mental health issues, with 37% of those aged 18 to 29 having been formally diagnosed with a mental health condition
  • Millennials look to work for organisations that foster their wellbeing
  • Attracting and retaining talent is a growing challenge
  • Actively disengaged workers are twice as likely as engaged workers to have been diagnosed with depression.
  • An analysis by Deloitte examining existing workplace interventions identified potential to generate a return to business of between £1.50 and £9 for every £1 invested.