From Workplace to People Place

January 1, 2020| By Scott O. Jones

In case you haven’t heard, the answer to most things in life is this: Find a balance. Whether you’re tackling a new health goal, striving for work-life equilibrium or even negotiating with a client—the sweet spot lies somewhere in the middle. People seek balance, and guess what? They look for it in their physical surroundings, too.

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Today's Tenants Are Expecting Healthier Workplaces

June 8, 2018 | By Liz Wolf

Americans spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, and that includes racking up an average of 50 hours a week in the office. Long hours, stress and the lack of physical activity of many office jobs can take a toll on people’s health.

But, what if office buildings could actually help people become healthier? What if they could promote a healthy lifestyle and "engage" employees to make healthy choices in their workspace? This concept is relatively new, but it’s one that the commercial real estate industry is taking seriously.

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Buildings and the Brain

February 28, 2019 | By Jessica Bates

The evolution of technology has allowed us greater control over the workplace than ever before. As these possibilities open up, property professionals and their tenants have the opportunity to think more critically about the spaces they are creating. The growing wellness movement is focused on finding workplace solutions that create happier, healthier work environments that entice workers. Many of these proposed solutions come with claims of how they positively impact the human brain. But, what do we actually know about the built environment and brain science?

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WELL Ahead of The Curve

June 2, 2016 | By Jessica Bates

"I’m the canary in the coal mine,” says Barbara Ciesla, senior vice president at JLL in Toronto. For years, Ciesla has worked to promote sustainability in commercial real estate, but whenever she participated in discussions on energy management or green building materials, she always felt something was overlooked: the impact on the building’s occupants. “I’ve had rheumatoid arthritis since I was two years old, and it’s made me acutely aware of how my environment affects my well-being,” she explains. Everything from what she eats to changes in barometric pressure can trigger inflammation and pain for Ciesla, which has helped her immediately understand the benefits of the newest big trend in commercial real estate: occupant wellness.

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