caused by “arousal fatigue,” which comes
from having too much to do and not enough
time. “People are realizing this connection
to nature should not be cast aside,” Mullenix says.
IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME
HR leaders at many organizations are playing a larger role in design. This can include seeking employee input before
and after a move or a large purchase. At insurance company Acuity in Sheboygan, Wis.,
workers voted on which furniture to buy.
The team at Quicken Loans in Detroit
regularly surveys people about their surroundings, which informs interior design
decisions. “Their engagement is high because they have a say in it,” says Melissa
Price, CEO of dPOP, Quicken Loans’ sister
company, an interior design business.
HR professionals at Jet.com in Hoboken,
N.J., also sought input from workers and
incorporated it into the design plan for its
ofce. “You want your employees to feel like
the space we’re building is truly for them,”
says Kristin Reilly, vice president of people
experience for Walmart, which owns Jet.
When Custom Ink relocated, leaders
made a video for employees about why it
was moving and invited them to leave sticky
notes in the cafeteria with suggestions for
what they wanted in the new headquarters.
When employees tell Jamba Juice Co.’s chief HR officer,
Humera Kassem, that they’re planning to interview a
prospect by phone, she urges them to reconsider.
“Our building is, hands down, one of the greatest
selling points,” she says of the facility, where 85
employees work. “It makes me happy when I walk in.”
The space, which offers loaner bikes and an onsite
smoothie store, reinforces the restaurant retailer’s
focus on health.
The glass walls double as whiteboards, and the
color scheme is as vibrant as a bright basket of fruit.