Let’s face it…the old workplaces of the past were often cubicles, tube lights and drab office settings. But these days, in an effort to increase productivity, wellness, collaboration and to create a working environment that inspires employees – the modern workplace is changing.
In fact, Unum is spending $42 million to renovate its Portland, Maine campus to modernize the working environment for its nearly 3,000 local employees.
Those changes include a more ‘flexible and free-floating’ workspace with:
- More windows and exterior windows
- A variety of meeting and collaborative spaces of various sizes
- Desks that can be adjusted for standing or sitting
- Wellness rooms for stretching and meditation
- Areas with treadmill desks that allow employees to exercise while working
And it’s not just equipment, an open workplace means executives are no longer huddled up in offices. Workplace “neighborhoods” mean everybody is working alongside each other. No cubicles, assigned desks or stuffy offices.
- So, what are the actual benefits from investing in modern workplaces?
- How common are they?
- And why are so many offices stuck in the traditional setting of cubicles and secluded corner offices?
There are a lot of questions and that where one of our experts can help.
Liz Ahmed is Executive Vice President, People and Communications for Unum, a leading provider of workplace financial protection benefits. She is available to speak with media regarding modern offices and the advantages they offer. Simply click on her icon to arrange an interview.
Liz Ahmed Executive Vice President, People & Communications
Liz Ahmed is EVP, People and Communications for Unum, a leading provider of workplace financial protection benefits