GCUC APAC – Week 3: Wellness

By Stormy McBride On September 2, 2020 In CoworkingGCUC APAC

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This week’s session was all about wellness.

We have one more session to go in the series Best in Class Ecosystems, so if you do not already have your ticket, you can snag one here.

The really great thing coworking has done is created much more enriched office environments. So partly thanks to the coworking movement we’ve gone from these grey lean cubicle offices to green nice designs with multiple areas and different spaces. You see a massive increase in performance and productivity when moving from a lean environment to an enriched environment. – Dr. Richard Claydon, RoundPegz & EQ Lab

We’ve had a revolution of understanding that space does have an impact on the way people interact. That informal touchdown that happens after a meeting and realizing the big idea came from the touchdown, not the meeting. – Chelsea Perino, Managing Director, Global Marketing & Communications at The Executive Centre

Prior to COVID wellness was not in a particularly good situation. You have to look at wellbeing in a much bigger picture rather than just COVID. COVID is just amplifying what was already going on. – Dr. Richard Claydon, RoundPegz & EQ Lab

Imagine the various connections you’ve had at work. On one side they feel very life giving or almost energizing where you walk away with a sense of new vitality. On the other end, we might call them energy vampires where the people swoop in and they’ve drained all your energy from you. That’s the difference between high quality connections and low quality connections. – Becky Andree, CEO at Vertical Leadership Consulting

The core of salutogenesis is two ideas: there are sources of stress that people deal with as a natural consequence of being alive and having comprehensibility, manageability and purpose in your situation then you develop a sense of coherence which allows you to be more resilient in the face of those stressors. – Graham Barkus, The Human Factor

At the end of the day it’s about the people. If you can figure out how to have a happy team it is going to be the best possible thing you can do to create a happy, healthy, safe, and well workspace. – Brad Krauskopf, CEO & Founder at Hub Australia

People are planning new spaces because when this passes there is going to be a high demand. The spaces that people are developing now are going to be radically different from what we see today or they should be. – Liz Elam, Founder at GCUC Global

We have known for quite a while that the built environment could harm our health. Going a step further we know the biggest influence on our health and wellbeing is actually the physical and social environments that we live and work in. -Tori Shepherd, Senior Associate at WELL

We spend way too much time indoors. Everything related to indoor air quality: acoustics, lighting,any type of comfort do have the potential to affect our wellbeing, perceived productivity and our success. – Christhina Candido, Director at SHE Lab

A piece of research on 94,000 people found that 77% of working Americans had a chronic illness of some type. In the UK, 1.1 million people were missing work for chronic illness at least once regularly over the course of the year. This shows that there are a lot of people that are struggling with their wellbeing. – Dr. Richard Claydon, RoundPegz & EQ Lab

Society of Human Resource management have argued that absenteeism just unexpected absenteeism costs organizations 16.6% of the payroll every year. The treatment of chronic illness is costing the U.S. about 1.5 – 2 trillion dollars a year in health care costs. You can link that to organizations who lose 1 – 1.5 trillion dollars in productivity. If this trend continues, Medicare will go bankrupt in the United States in 2026 and the social security system will go bankrupt in 2032. – Dr. Richard Claydon, RoundPegz & EQ Lab

What’s going on in the states is slowly moving into Europe, APAC and you are going to see more and more of this happening with the same outcomes. – Dr. Richard Claydon, RoundPegz & EQ Lab

As always, we want to give a big shout out to our partners who helped make GCUC APAC happen. Without our partners at Hub Australia, Colliers, The Executive Centre and essensys – GCUC would not be as juicy.

*Some quotes have been edited for length and clarity.

If you missed out on the event real time, please feel free to check out the replay here.