How Stratford can help you look after your wellbeing in the workplace
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the lines between the workplace and the home have become continually blurred. As a result, it’s more important than ever to make sure you look after your own wellbeing at work, whether you’re at home or in the office. Thankfully, when it comes to workplace wellbeing, London has you covered.
Did you know that 20 to 30 minutes a day spent walking or sitting in green space lowers cortisol, the primary stress hormone? Handily, Stratford’s workspaces are right next to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. With 560 acres of accessible park land, 6000 trees, and around 300,000 plants, it’s the perfect space to take in some nature and fresh air on your daily stroll or cycle.
Speaking of fresh air, gone are the days of warm and stuffy offices. Our workspaces benefit from an air conditioning system which pumps 100% fresh air into the building. Not only does this mean we breathe much cleaner air than we would in a typical cramped office – it also helps keep those afternoon yawns at bay. The offices are also designed to bring in as much natural light as possible. And with floor-to-ceiling window views of the park and the city available, it makes for a truly chilled and relaxing working environment.
And if workplaces pumped full of fresh air aren’t quite enough for you on a sunny afternoon, book your very own outdoor workspace. The Living Room at IQL is a sheltered outdoor space that’s set up specifically for those who are working. Grab a colleague for that last minute catch up, or take your laptop for a few hours in the open air to get the productivity flowing. A change of place and pace can work wonders for your workplace wellbeing.
Studies tell us around 42% of people say they don’t have any friends at work. Each workspace at 1 Westfield Avenue, 2 Redman Place, and The Turing Building (opening 2022) is designed to consider the human experience, with more than just flexibility and collaboration in mind. Soft seat breakout areas are not just for brainstorming sessions or emails, but for truly collaborative working with your colleagues. Workable’s co-working space has a social enterprise café, but it’s not just somewhere for a quick coffee before getting back to the laptop – it’s somewhere to chat and get to know your own colleagues, or the freelancers or businesses who are your next-desk neighbours.
Given we spend around a third of our lives at work, we all individually need to take a little time to figure out what works best for our workplace wellbeing. London’s Stratford district has so much to offer. And it’s more than just its green environs and flexible, airy workspaces. There are gyms to hit up in the morning, great restaurants to enjoy at lunchtime, and cool bars for a staff meet-up when things are wrapped up in the office. All right on your doorstep, which is we’re happy to call Stratford one of the best areas for workplace wellbeing in London.