Publications: Workplace Strategy

Implementing Workplace Design Strategies to Improve Emotional Safety

by Leigh Stringer

Glass walled meeting room with exterior views

Renowned workplace strategy and well-being specialist Leigh Stringer’s Work Design article explores workplace design strategies that support emotional safety while proactively reducing the opportunity for unacceptable behavior to occur. Her research-based piece discusses nine design strategies, including “safe” areas throughout workplace environments and incorporation of nurturing health and wellness spaces.

Optimizing Wellness in the Workplace

by Leigh Stringer

EYP Boston Office

American Builders Quarterly highlights our expertise on developing wellness-oriented solutions for today’s ever-evolving office space. Building upon research that shows healthy workers are more productive, Leigh Stringer, workplace research and strategy expert at EYP Architecture & Engineering, is exploring new gateways toward financial and personal well-being. 

How do we measure human performance, and what does it mean for the workplace?

by Leigh Stringer

Houston office

How does your organization measure health and human performance? Well, the answer might vary depending on who you ask, but new tools and methods are taking a more comprehensive and objective approach to the study.

Why You Can't Concentrate at Work

EYP's Leigh Stringer is one of the experts quoted in the Wall Street Journal article, "Why You Can't Concentrate at Work." “Visual noise,” activity or movement around the edges of an employee's field of vision, is disruptive to analytical thinking and creativity. Experts weigh in on why visual noise has become an issue for many workers and shares examples of how some firms are dialing down distractions so their employees can better concentrate on their jobs. Successful tactics include modifying work station layouts; using plants to create green “walls”; and establishing quiet buffer zones between work spaces. Leigh offers her perspective on visibility's impact on employees. "Being visible to bosses and colleagues can make workers in some jobs feel pressured to conform to others’ expectations. If employees default to keeping their heads down and typing on their computers to look busy, rather than taking time to reflect or brainstorming with others, innovation or analytical work may suffer."

10 Healthy Strategies for Maximizing Employee Productivity

by Leigh Stringer

Research demonstrates that integrating healthy practices into the workplace can help foster engagement, improve employee performance, and increase the bottom line. In The Globe and Mail article, “Have a Healthy New Year,” Leigh Stringer explores 10 healthy workplace strategies that companies can incorporate to maximize success.

Focus on Wellness

by Tushar Gupta, Laurie Waggener

Stamford Hospital

Can healthcare facilities promote patient and staff wellness while also engaging with the community and incorporating other sustainability principles? Thanks to organizations like Planetree and the Urban Land Institute's Health Places Initiatives, there is a growing awareness of the link between design and well-being. In this article from Medical Construction & Design, Tushar and Laurie provide snapshots of current buildings and features that address these issues, all while applying the latest techniques for infection control.

Author Q&A: Leigh Stringer on The Healthy Workplace

Leigh Stringer shares the origin story of The Healthy Workplace, and why health is an important topic for the industry and for business in general, in this article for Work Design Magazine.  She shares some surprising findings during research and describes “what a healthy workplace looks and feels like” based on her visits to many leading organizations that focus on health.

10 Bad Habits that Should be Banned from the Workplace Forever

Leigh Stringer shares some of the research from The Healthy Workplace with HR professionals. In this article for HR Voice, she discusses 10 habits that should be banned from the workplace altogether, such as working while sitting for long periods of time; working indoors all day; letting papers pile up; emailing on vacation; and not taking a vacation or going to work while sick.

10 Tips for Being Healthier and More Productive at Work

Leigh Stringer shares some of the research from her bestseller,  The Healthy Workplace, with technology professionals in this article for CIO Magazine.  Her 10 tips for improving productivity at work include building in flexibility as to how, when and where you work; leveraging “biophilia”; leveraging choice architecture; and creating nudges to encourage healthy behaviors in the workspace.

Creating Ideal Work Spaces: An Interview with Leigh Stringer

Pete Mockaitis interviews thought-leaders and results-getters for his How to Be Awesome at Your Job podcast to discover specific, actionable insights that boost work performance.  In this episode, he asks Leigh Stringer about how the workplace can impact health, engagement and productivity.