The Center for Active Design (CfAD) and QuadReal Property Group (QuadReal) have recently released a new report outlining a series of evidence-based guidelines for supporting better health and wellness outcomes at industrial sites. Known best for their promotion of health in the built environment through their Fitwel certification, CfAD also unveiled their Commercial and Industrial Site scorecard to provide Fitwel certifications to industrial buildings.
“The need to optimize industrial workspaces has always been there — but the incentive and demand has not,” said Joanna Frank, President and CEO, Center for Active Design. “With industrial property vacancies at an all-time low, paired with subsequent challenges around the labor market and employee retention, growing supply chain demands, and the expansion of e-commerce, the tactics recommended in this report offer an approachable starting point, giving owners, facility managers, and tenants a range of practical, validated ideas to consider.”
Building ‘A Better Box’
The report, labeled ‘A Better Box,’ sets its sights on correcting one of the largest issues afflicting the industry: turnover. In 2020 alone, the growing sector experience a turnover rate of 60% of all employees. With research showing 87% of employees consider health and wellness when choosing an employer, there is a significant disparity between expectations and the reality of what is being provided.
Pulling from scientific literature, interviews with industry leaders, sector-specific best practices and results from estate projects that have successfully achieved Fitwel certification, “A Better Box” outlines three overarching recommendations. First, maximize location and site accessibility; second, design functional and supportive interiors; and third, create spaces that promote productivity and preparedness.
These recommendations have been placed alongside a holistic set of strategies that are necessary to meet each of the guidelines. The CfAD has also laid out an explanation for the long term returns that can be anticipated with adoption.
By following approachable recommendations, which range from prioritizing access to nature to access to essential facilities industrial facilities will be able to better retain top talent, reduce injuries, absenteeism and more, according to CfAD.
“Companies adopting the smart, doable recommendations contained in this report will not only differentiate themselves, but they will also join a vanguard helping to drive transformation of the built environment,” says Joanna Frank.
Follow this link for access to the full report.