In recent years, companies have been increasing the number of additional services in the workplace to promote the well-being of their employees. photo credit: fizkes / Shutterstock / fizkes
The well-being at work revolution continues. After coworking, wellworking is essential in companies. This work philosophy puts the employee at the center of all concerns. Born before the Covid-19 crisis, this trend could well gain popularity since the coronavirus crisis and help to rethink the meaning of the offices of tomorrow.
Work in a palace
For some employees, the telecommuting can be good. Especially when it takes place in the prestigious Le Lutetia palace. The Parisian hotel has been offering a “Wellworking at Lutetia” package since the beginning of December 2020. For 390 euros, it is thus possible to access one of the suites from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and enjoy a “private, clean workspace in accordance with the health regulations in force (…) The package includes also a credit to be used on the room service card. It is also possible to organize in advance private access to our gym and our swimming pool, ”the press release said. This offer 100% confinement is bound to continue. Others will leave on the formula at 675 euros per day including “a three-course menu” concocted by the Brasserie, the restaurant of the establishment, “accompanied by a bottle of red or white wine, mineral water and carefully chosen coffee ”.
This luxury, some companies are ready to offer it to their employees as part of their wellworking program. This new Anglicism, born barely three years ago, aims to increase the performance of its teams by taking care of their physical and psychological health through internal or external benefits, functional workspaces or even sports lessons or of music.
A concept adapted to the post Covid-19
For experts in the office world, the Covid-19 crisis could well precipitate the advent of wellworking in France and elsewhere. “The Covid-19 has accelerated the trend towards more flexible and humane working methods, which take into account the physical and mental well-being of employees and the creation of a community of users (…) Employees who return to the office are now looking for different things, “real reasons to go to work” and to face the world and transport again: collaboration and forging real bonds with their peers. The advantage of being together in the workplace lies in the way in which relationships are formed and the informal interactions that occur ”, explains Philippe Bourguignon, co-founder of the Shack restaurant in a tribune.
Kwerk, leader of wellworking
Wellworking succeeds coworking by putting more emphasis on well-being employees. In this area, Kwerk, a space planner, is already considered a pioneer and leader in this new way of approaching work in France. The company, initially specializing in coworking, took the turn of wellworking barely 2 years ago. The spaces it is now opening, like the very recent Kwerk Bienfaisance, in the 8th arrondissement, all have the Kwerkwell program.
Users thus benefit from yoga classes, sports Hall and Ayurvedic follow-up, a recognized traditional Indian medicine. The objective is to focus on the physical and mental well-being of subscribers while creating a user community through therapeutic design of workspaces and design awareness. Thus, it would be possible to limit burn-outs and other absenteeism at work. This trend appeals to large companies ready to outsource part of their teams in these new spaces.
These upcoming eco-responsible offices
If the well-being of employees requires the provision of new spaces in the company, the eco-responsible dimension of the workplace is also important. As proof, the number of office buildings emerging from the ground, highlighting their link with nature. In Montigny-le-Bretonneux, from 2024, BNP Paribas real estate will replace the old BMW headquarters with a huge wooden structure of four buildings, eco-responsible. The low carbon buildings are surrounded by a 2 hectare plot of greenery. 80% of the office space will benefit from natural light on the first day. Even more ambitious, the future Occitanie Tower in Toulouse. 150 meters high, it will be surrounded by vertical gardens which will cover its glass facades. However, the greenest office operation to come is probably the Ecotone project, by Jean Nouvel and Manal Rachdi, in Antibes. True inhabited hill. Nearly 40,000 square meters of offices, coworking spaces, restaurants, hotel rooms, arranged in a green setting on several layers. Lavender and orange shades mingle with Californian Washingtonia palm trees and an artificial hill. The relief of the plants will be projected onto the ground by shimmering processes. This feat is scheduled for 2022.