Nook for Well-Being in the Workplace

An agile system to nurture and champion the Neurodiverse workspace

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Nook for Well-Being in the Workplace
04/06/2020 - Much is being said about emerging from the current pandemic into a ‘new normal’ which embraces lessons learned from our time under lockdown. Certainly, where workplace routines are concerned, many employees are already questioning the patterns of old. If future planning is being discussed, neurodiversity must form a central part of the office-space conversation.
 
The prevalent ‘one-size-fits-all’ nature of much of today’s open-plan workspace is unsuited to many current and potential employees. Everybody is to some extent differently abled - ways of thinking and operating differ from one person to the next and this neurodiversity cannot be shoehorned into one type of workspace. Indeed, to do so is a recipe for problems which result in higher-levels of employee absenteeism and burn-out.
 
The kind of implementations Nook is talking about are relatively simple, are proven to benefit all and do not mean a total re-design.

Relatively simple solutions exist for the three top considerations when creating a workspace suited to neurodiverse individuals :
 
Noise levels - Noise permeates and impacts concentration, anxiety-levels and general wellbeing. Creating an environment that enables individuals to escape from noise is key, but also to sub-divide areas with differing functions and noise levels. Interestingly, an environment that is too quiet can also be an issue for many, preventing them from speaking up, making calls or expressing themselves fully.
 
Lighting - Light is proven to have a powerful influence on mood, energy levels and the ability to process information. Light can be used zonally, creating pockets of space that are comfortable to individuals. Different colours create different moods and can help provide sensory support for autism, dyslexia and visual impairment.
 
Personal space. It is important to enable employees to regulate their own personal space without making them feel like they are in the spotlight for doing so. Creating withdrawal spaces is key - discrete areas that provide separation without totally isolating users from the workspace. Placing these close to work desks enables people to hop casually into the space for respite or for a more intimate conversation.
 
By thinking about individuals, organisations start to perform better as a whole.

Many of the workspace changes suggested for neurodiverse individuals focus on wellbeing, on delivering havens of calm and the opportunity to take a break from the hubbub without isolating completely from colleagues. These priorities are now also high on the wish-list of every employee – priorities formulated as they experience new ways of working.
 
Now is the time to ensure that neurodiversity is a central part of that planning.
 
Designed for wellness and neurodiversity. Nooks are created to create meaningful tools for organizations which are fully useful all of the time.  
 
Built on the foundations of the most successful neuro-happy workspaces, Nook manages acoustics; allows the user to control lighting; and provides a personal withdrawal space which does not isolate.

An agile system, built for change. Designed to maximise people density and personal safety, Nook Huddle, Solo and Open spaces and accessories are mobile and modular.
 
Putting health and safety up front. Nook is tuned to provide shelter and protection without creating confinement.
 
Nook provides a flexible, changeable and inclusive system of get-away spaces for people to step out of the open environment into a space of their own for a bit, to self-regulate. New this year, the newly introduced Nook Open is a shelter in the form of a Nook Huddle, but with no seats, table or even floor. It is hyper-flexible for multiple uses, accommodating your existing furniture or quickly and easily occupied by someone in a wheelchair.

Nook Solo is a single person short-use booth, providing privacy and quietness for video-calling or deep work, but crucially without enclosing people and cutting them off from the vibe of the space.

What started as a safe-space for marginalised people has grown to a system of affordable ingredients to help mid-market businesses put flexibility, wellness, inclusivity and community at the heart of their changing work and learning spaces.Nook for Well-Being in the Workplace

Nook for Well-Being in the Workplace

Nook for Well-Being in the Workplace

Nook for Well-Being in the Workplace

Nook for Well-Being in the Workplace

Nook for Well-Being in the Workplace

Nook for Well-Being in the Workplace

Nook for Well-Being in the Workplace


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