The Value of Sustainability & Wellbeing in the Workplace

Michelle Viret, Athena Blue Global's Sustainability & Wellbeing Lead, shares her insights on how sustainability and wellbeing considerations can support organisations in the long term.

The decisions we make today have profound and long-lasting effects on the people within each organisation, as well as their families and communities beyond.

– Michelle Viret

Where do you see the Sustainability & Wellbeing opportunities within the market?

People are a company’s biggest expense, and healthy staff have the potential to be 3 times more productive through higher levels of goal attainment and resilience. Now more than ever, personal and community relationships, health, and wellbeing are at the forefront of our minds. By focusing on supporting an organisation’s people through industry-leading sustainable design and wellbeing practices, a business has the opportunity to unlock this potential and achieve their biggest return on investment.

What role does Sustainability & Wellbeing play in a company’s overall strategic plan?

Sustainability and Wellbeing are essential within a company’s overall strategic plan from both an employee and consumer standpoint. Workers expect that their health, both mental and physical, is considered within their workplace. Also, consumers expect the businesses they are supporting are working in an ethical way in all facets of business life; from the suppliers they buy from, to the way they deal with waste and how they support their community as a whole. Discussing and planning for these multi-faceted scenarios is vital to a business’s long-term profitability and success.

What business value have you seen from your Sustainability & Wellbeing efforts?

I have seen clients double their business turnover, increase their headcount and staff retention, increase their employee culture and happiness ratings, change their business partners’ perception of their company for the better, and enable their business to be resilient when faced with change by integrating sustainable design and wellbeing practices into their business model.

At Athena Blue Global, we help organisations shape their best places to work. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you define your future way of working or make sense of your workplace needs, please get in touch with us here.


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