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Unleash Your Teams's Superpowers: Why Workplace Wellbeing Breeds Success!

Designing Workspaces Where Your Business Thrives.

Healthy, Happy Workspaces Promote Productivity

Designing workspaces that promote comfort and wellbeing is key to creating positive, collaborative team spaces that boost staff health & happiness, engagement, performance and productivity, reduce sickness and enable you to attract the best talent and is only available through my Design Treatment for Successful Spaces™.

How is this different?

     Most interior designers focus on how spaces LOOK rather than how you FEEL in them. That’s because they don’t have to work there.

     Design concepts focus on the practical application of visual elements such as brand colours. Layouts are based on getting maximum bums on seats, rather than the effects on the people spending time there.

    Limited thought extended to ergonomics, accessibility, movement, ease of use, inclusivity or disability.

    Neither acoustics, heating and ventilation, the effect of poor lighting nor comfort and wellbeing. 

    Rather than splashing your brand colours around to elicit positive allegiance from your staff, you should dig deeper to get to the heart of your current challenges.

    Using a holistic approach results in comfortable, multi-sensory, positive, flexible spaces that promote well-being, productivity and collaboration.

    As working life and roles become more varied, workspaces must be more inherently flexible to provide opportunities for staff to complete different tasks.

   Core personal workstations can be complemented with quiet zones for focused tasks, high-energy spaces to encourage collaboration and social areas for relaxing and relationship-building.

    If this type of design treatment is just what the doctor ordered, then chances are you could do with my help. Email me NOW for a happier, healthier workspace.

Chair with plant
We spend 90% of our lives indoors, yet air quality inside our homes is 350%* more polluted than outside.

*On average, but up to 5600% – 2019 Clean Air Day study

Your working environment is vital to support your happiness, health and well-being.

What's in it for me?

     We spend roughly a third of our working day at work, so how we feel there deeply impacts our health, happiness and wellbeing.

    Comfort and wellbeing are intrinsically linked with sustainability. Working with natural elements can reduce heating, lighting and ventilation costs.       

    Choosing sustainable products, systems and natural materials can improve air quality, positively impacting your health and budget.

    Ultimately, your staff needs spaces to work comfortably, reducing sickness and encouraging an office-based culture.  

    Do you see a future where your company grows and develops as the market leader in your industry, attracting the best talent? A company with a great record of staff wellbeing and retention, where they are back in the office, happy and productive.

    I imagine you’d feel proud of the office space and culture you’ve created. What it all represents and how it reflects on you.

    Are you a business owner or HR Director looking to redesign, redevelop or build a new workspace?

    If being more successful (and improving your staff’s health and wellbeing while you’re at it) is the magic cure you’re looking for; you’re in the right place.

Amy at her desk
How we feel at work deeply impacts our wellbeing and productivity.

Improve your staff's wellbeing without compromising your brand.

Why should I believe?

    Appreciating the nuances and tactical strategy of a multi-layered holistic approach to space design is an in-depth skill set.

    Feng Shui is intrinsically linked with success in both home and business environments. The psychological effects of colour on mood, productivity and well-being are combined with auspicious locations and favourable furniture placement and layouts.

    BUT choosing an Interior Designer who understands the well-respected ancient art of Feng Shui AND combines it with the principles of holistic and biophilic design, means you’re getting the best of both worlds.

    THEREFORE Once ALL the important contributing factors have been considered, potential options are distilled into a perfectly tailored, purposeful design solution. 

    The result is a beautiful, functioning space built for success, supporting your team physically, mentally and emotionally for the foreseeable future.

Holistic design blends science, sustainability, feng shui, biophilia & psychology, creating feel-good, productive spaces.

You’re busy, I get it. There’s always something more urgent.

What's holding you back?

    Managing staff recruitment, performance reviews, sickness cover, reporting…it’s never-ending.

     You’re fed up with feeling like the bad guy in a never-ending battle to get staff back into the office. If you’re lucky, you’ve got people in for 2-3 days a week, but they’re there reluctantly.

     You’ve tried doing it yourself. Attempting to address mental health and well-being issues with experiential stuff like a big Christmas blow-out, you’re ignoring how to improve the “daily grind”.

    Offering the odd yoga class or buying a coffee machine for the office isn’t improving staff sickness or happiness.

    The hours you spent on staff satisfaction surveys haven’t revealed any clear ideas for improvement.

    The energy in the building has fallen flat and the old “us and them” mantra has kicked back in. The new desks you bought before lockdown lie mostly unused and the office is a ghost town.

    Colleagues communicate silently via email. Teamwork and collaboration are limited to a weekly Zoom call. New ideas seem like a thing of the past.

woman at desk with multiple screens
Getting staff back into offices feels like pulling teeth

The real problem is your staff aren’t happy and it’s starting to affect productivity.

It's not your fault!

    You’re struggling to motivate staff but no amount of gimmicks or ice cream Fridays will encourage staff back to work in a half-empty soulless office.

    Places that are too bright or dark, too hot or cold, too stuffy, too cramped. Uncomfortable seating and workstations. Under-used spaces that are kept for best (the boardroom for example…?)

     Spaces where you struggle to concentrate, hear yourself think or have conversations (for fear of being overheard or interrupting others). Spaces where they feel physically, mentally or emotionally drained. With limited spaces for social interactions.

     It’s overwhelming to know where to start. How do you know what changes are needed to move the needle and solve your real problems?

     Not to mention getting into the trickier details of complex design concepts. That’s a lot to think about, even if you know what you’re doing.

     Even when you know what you want (and where to find it!), sourcing can be a full-time job. It’s not your forte and that’s ok, but it’s draining your time and energy.

office space
Your office space could be reponsible for the challenges you're facing.

Maybe it's time to prioritise it once and for all.

So what's to blame?

Outdated Infrastructure

    People’s roles have now changed as have how we work.

    When purpose-built office spaces were created, the focus was on fitting in as many people as possible. It certainly wasn’t aimed at as inclusive a workforce as one now expects.

    Workspaces designed for cost, safety and efficiency, with a lack of understanding of the effects poor lighting, ventilation or environments can have on the people using the spaces.

    It’s very much akin to the design of zoos where enclosures were designed for people to see the animals.

    Today animal wellbeing is paramount with enclosures designed to emulate animals’ natural habitats. Enrichment activities and continual improvements ensure the animals are kept as happy and stress-free as possible.

    Inhabitants are matched on international breeding programmes to maintain the species’ survival and relationships are carefully monitored to ensure success.

   We understand how environments affect animals’ health, happiness and relationships so it’s our responsibility to ensure their well-being.

    So why don’t we apply the same logic and attention to our workforces?

    When recruiting, you consider both skillsets and personalities to gauge team fit. But once in situ, do you ensure a positive, nurturing environment?

    The last thing you want is to create silos, where people work in isolation, following strict job roles and responsibilities. Even brain surgeons need a great team!

The New Way to Work

    Office environments should be designed to improve relationships, encouraging conversation, and collaboration.

    Creating workspaces where people feel safe, secure and protected on a sub-conscious, primal, animal instinct level allows them to relax and focus on the task.

    Multi-functional layouts allow for different types of work activities at the same time, as well as encourage ease of movement through the spaces.

   Using biophilic design cues and natural materials allows our para-sympathetic nerves to relax and feel nurtured and nourished, improving wellbeing.

    Harnessing natural light, heat and ventilation creates a calming environment, improving internal air quality and reducing costs.

    Addressing good acoustics in a space provides privacy and the ability to concentrate or relax as required.

London Zoo Penguin Pool
When London Zoo’s famous architect-designed penguin pool was completed in 1934, it was deemed a design classic.

Glare and poor lighting, acoustics & air quality all cause illness & affect productivity.

Why now?

    The problem will not go away on its own and will only get worse. Much better to tackle it sooner rather than later.     

    After lockdown, there’s been a downward trend in office-based working. The great resignation opened the eyes of many office-based workers to potential opportunities and ways of working that improve the work-life balance. And, in turn, their health, happiness and wellbeing.

    Companies must champion staff wellbeing by providing supportive workspaces where communication, collaboration, teamwork and personal development are positively encouraged and nurtured.

    These are the companies that will grow and develop in the future. The others will not survive.

    Millennials, in particular, are deeply focused on wellbeing and healthy environments. This new tide of graduates will be hugely discerning about where they decide to work. They are the future of your company.

   With a rise in vacancies in many industries, it’s now much harder to recruit than before. The sway of power is much more firmly with potential employees than ever before. Employers must step up their game and show candidates what’s in it for them.

Women working in office
A significant number of employees named collaboration (33%) and building camaraderie (23%) as two benefits of working in a physical office space. (Future Forum, 2023).

There’s no time like now to show that you're an employer of choice.

Why should you trust me?

Experience

    Unusually for a designer, I also have experience in marketing and brand management, across diverse industries from both agency and client-side perspectives.

    I’ve experienced some pretty impressive and absolutely dire working environments, from tiny start-ups to SMEs, to big corporates.

    From designer-makers to manufacturing to education, tech and utility companies, supermarkets, snazzy London agencies and social housing.

    I’ve seen inside their HQs and experienced the good, bad and the downright ugly. Often the workspaces were a good indicator of what to expect.

    Occasionally, despite a compelling-sounding job, the workspace provoked a U-turn.  Once I was even told that if my interview were successful, as the only woman, they’d have to build another toilet…awkward!

Sub-Conscious Impact

    Often you can’t put your finger on what about a space that’s so off-putting. Lack of view? Low ceiling? Hierarchy? Poor lighting? Less than welcoming staff?

    I’ve experienced the negative effects poor lighting, acoustics, heating, ventilation, workstation positioning, layout design and uncomfortable furniture can have on my productivity and wellbeing.

    From backache from less-than-salubrious workstations to headaches and migraines from poor or harsh lighting and glare. Constant office battles over opening windows or air conditioning systems. Awkward filing systems or stuffy rooms that no one wants to use.

    Empty or often underused spaces. Echo chambers where you can’t hear yourself think. Colleagues whose phone conversation is a constant distraction. Printers or other equipment that churn out nasty smells and unwanted noise.

    A lack of somewhere nice to sit for lunch or when you need a 5-minute break.

    It’s like choosing a restaurant. You interpret the lighting, music (or lack of), colour scheme, furniture style and layout, aroma and other clientele before you even decide to look at a menu.

    That’s for something short-term – a few hours tops.

    Rather than a career where you anticipate spending 8 hours daily for several years. Or a relocation, that affects your whole family.  It’s a big commitment…for them as well as for you.

Office space
Our subconscious is responsible for 90% of our decision-making, so often these things are subliminal. We pass judgements all the time, but most are not conscious.

Employers no longer have all the power: it needs to be mutually beneficial.

I've been there

    My last corporate role was as Internal Brand and Communications Manager for a social housing company at the time of their rebrand. With 400 colleagues (100 office and 300 field-based) there was much to consider.

    The “us and them” factor was intense and palpable.

    Multi-use flexible spaces were required for use by both colleagues and (often vulnerable) customers. They needed to encourage communication, collaboration, engagement and understanding of their value to the company.

    It wasn’t just a new logo and superficial paint job. Papering over deep cracks never lasts the distance.

    Deep-rooted transformation to rebuild the company from the ground up was needed. We initially needed to understand how the brand was perceived internally before considering an external perspective.

    As you well know, branding is more than a logo or a colour scheme. It needs to be bottom-up and top-down, inherent in every point of communication and how every staff member feels about the business.

    If it’s not felt at the heart, then there’s no point in portraying a false public image. It won’t stand up and will drive divide. It will lack integrity and time; effort and cost will be wasted.

4 Hands Clasped Together
Branding needs to be more than just a logo. You need a shared purpose.

Once you’ve lost trust and your brand is damaged, it can be hard to turn things around.

Purposeful Design

What makes a good workspace?

    As every good designer knows, form follows function. That’s why the early zoos failed. Because they wrongly diagnosed the problem. They focused on the viewer, not the viewee.

    Ironically, watching miserable animals trapped in destructive behaviour patterns was soul-destroying for the viewing public. When animals are happy, safe and secure enough to exhibit natural behaviours, it’s better for everyone.

    As a trained Industrial Designer, I already understood about ergonomics and anthropometrics. For example, what makes a chair comfy and how having space around objects can make them easier to use.

    How and why to specify materials and how they are processed. The perils of built-in obsolescence and why choosing products and materials with longevity is key.

    As my curiosity grew about interior design. I wanted to understand why certain colours or design layouts were better, or more “right” than others.

How does wellbeing relate to sustainability?

    Studying Interior, Sustainable and Holistic Interior Design and Feng Shui, unlocked many design layers I hadn’t even contemplated.

    This deep dive strategy informs my designs, offering profound benefits to my clients. Linking sustainability, comfort and wellbeing, for example.

    My expertise and first-hand workspace experiences have qualified me to understand how to design functional, energetic, comfortable spaces that breed success.

    By supporting your staff’s comfort needs and wellbeing, you’re fostering the inclusive team spirit, the very essence at the heart of every good brand.

    Encouraging open communication and collaboration sparks connectivity and ideas generation. Developments that lead to new products, systems and technologies and improved productivity.

    You’re also effectively managing staff retention and recruitment.  

    Happiness is key to wellbeing, so I create joyful spaces because that’s so important too.

    And often severely underestimated. All work makes Jack a dull boy. And no one wants that.

Amy Walden Holistic Design Expert & Founder
Successful Spaces Specialist, co-Author of The Healing Power of Nature - Your Environment & Foods and author of upcoming book, Successful Spaces Design, Amy Walden

Reimagined and reinvigorated workspaces that promote wellbeing & productivity.

How does it work?

    Imagine being able to confidently redesign your company’s workspace to create beautiful, free-flowing, healthy workspaces that positively reinforce your brand.

    Spaces that help you positively impact staff happiness and relationships, team collaboration and productivity, retention and recruitment.

    My Design Treatment for Successful Spaces ™ reimagines and reinvigorates workspaces, focusing on comfort and wellbeing to support staff health and happiness.

Amy's computer screen showing a design scheme
Artwork and visuals created in-house on Sketch-Up, industry standard software.

Design Treatment for Successful Spaces™

T: The Healthy Workspace Audit™

    EMF disturbances, geopathic stress and Sick Building Syndrome are assessed with improvements suggested to help reduce toxins, alleviate symptoms and improve indoor air quality.

R: Responsible Resources ™

    Sustainable product, materials & suppliers.

E: Energetic Alignment ™

    Channelling positive and natural energy creates free-flowing joyful spaces that benefit from natural daylight and resources. Feng shui cures keep your office energised yet calm.

A: Ambience Anatomy ™

    Multi-sensory, inclusive design tailors to different people, tasks and social needs. All aspects of comfort, including thermal, olfactory, lighting, visual, tactile and auditory senses, combine, creating a relaxing workspace.

T: Tonal Topography ™

    Colour psychology promotes desired behaviours, maximising productivity and well-being.

M: Mecca Manifesto™

    Creating a cohesive look and colour palette reflecting your brand’s design style and values. Design schemes for different aspects of your workspace will complement the architectural style of your building.

E: Ergonomic Ecosphere ™

    Ergonomics, environmental psychology and feng shui combine to create inclusive spaces that flow and adapt to your work requirements. Room layouts are optimised for different tasks and users, maximising space, productivity and well-being.

N: Naturally Nurturing ™

    Biophilic design elements connect people to nature to benefit mental and physical health.

T: Tailored Touches ™

    Finally, the finishing flourishes reflecting your brand personality, bringing the heart and soul of your company to life.

Logo Design
Thrive by Design Ltd's Trademark Design Treatment for Successful Spaces

Reimagined and reinvigorated workspaces that promote well-being & productivity.

What people are saying about me...

"She’s taken real care to get to know me...and translate that into what I need"

    “Amy’s really approachable and enthusiastic. It’s a big project so I wanted someone knowledgeable with creative vision and a great eye for detail that I could trust with it. She’s taken real care to get to know me, listen to what I want and translate that into what I need.

    I asked her to show me the dream and she hasn’t disappointed – she’s had some really innovative ideas, suggesting design elements I’d never even thought about. She talks me through each step of the design process, explaining the reasoning behind her concepts.

    She’s also encouraged me to use eco-friendly and sustainable materials. I didn’t realise that natural paint was available in so many colours! 

    As well as designing some bespoke furniture, Amy is sourcing a mixture of contemporary, modern vintage and upcycled furniture, original artworks, and locally crafted pieces.

    She’s also taking care of all the sourcing and procurement and liaising with the rest of the project team, saving me the hassle.”

Mr B, BS9
6 Bedroom House with Garden Flat Redevelopment Project

Back Elevation, Garden Room BS9
Natural materials and soft tones create a warm, homely, relaxed space

"Her arrangement and styling of the different spaces greatly improved our enjoyment of our space."

    “Amy made some great suggestions to change the layout in several rooms to improve the flow. She then styled it, mainly using our own possessions, although did source some additional pieces which we still use and enjoy.

    Her arrangement and styling of the different spaces greatly improved our enjoyment of our space. It looked like the best version of our home!

    We were delighted with the results that Amy’s enthusiasm, skill, imagination and flair made to our home. She was very professional, reliable and inspired confidence throughout. We would highly recommend her.”

Mr & Mrs W, TA1
5 Bedroom House Redesign Project

Well lit room with chair, cup and wall artwork
Biophilic design elements combine with vintage and bespoke pieces to create a unique style

"A real and positive impact on my quality of life"

    “It has been a pleasure to see how my home has been improved with the skills and in-depth knowledge that Amy has bought to my project.

    Not just in the flow and logical ease of use but the sense of wellness and happiness in a space that I never knew was possible.

    A real and positive impact on my quality of life that delivers every day. I would not hesitate to recommend Amy to anyone.” 

Mr B, BS4
3 Bedroom House Redevelopment Project

Upcycled artwork using vintage and found objects create highly personal touches.

Nothing will change if you don’t take action. BUT, the sooner you start, the quicker your Stressful Space will become a Successful Workplace.

Working with Me

    There’s no one-size-fits-all generic “solution”. Each workplace is as complex and unique as the companies and teams they serve.

    Therefore, before we find out if we’re a good fit, we all need to uncover the challenges you’re facing. 

    We’ll dig deeper, past the superficial, to uncover how you use your workspace and what’s REALLY important to you and your team.

    Working with a client is an all-encompassing in-depth process. It’s important for me to fully understand your business and how you currently work before exploring what improvements might be of interest and benefit in solving your complex needs.

     By immersing myself in your company culture and its nuances, I ensure you get what you need, from both the outcome and the process.

    Click the big pink button below now to email me and set a date for a cuppa.

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Designer & Founder of Thrive by Design Ltd, Amy Walden

5-Step Workspace Design Process

1

    In the first instance, please email me using the form below to let me know what sort of help you might need and whether I can help. 

*Please note that I mainly (although not exclusively) work within an hour of Brixham.

2

    Once I’ve established if I can help you, and you’re ready, we’ll book your initial Zoom Consultation.

    We’ll address the problems you’re facing to better understand your business. 

3

   We will then book you in for your custom 2-hour on-site Workspace Design Audit.

    This will allow me to assess the space and see the issues in context to realise the extent and scope of your workplace’s full potential.

4

    Your bespoke Design Treatment for Successful Spaces Blueprint will comprise valuable insights into your workplace environment.

    I’ll also provide a list of things you should implement for maximum benefit to you and your team.

5

    You’ll receive your Blueprint within 2 weeks, with enough information to make changes yourself.

    Or, if you prefer to benefit further from my guidance and expertise, we can work collaboratively to achieve your Successful Workspace.

      If, after a short chat over email, we believe we could work together to solve your problems, the Consultation fee is £1500*, with a deposit of £250* for a 1-hour Zoom Initial Consultation. 

    The balance of £1250* is then payable if we proceed to the on-site 2-hour Workplace Design Audit. 

    *This all comes with my money-back guarantee that if I cannot help you, or we go on to work together, this amount will be refunded/deducted as appropriate.

    *In line with my mission to improve Workspace Wellbeing, 5% of each Consultation fee will be donated to Cancer Research UK via Work for Good.

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Choosing eco and sustainble options can improve the air quality in your workplace.

Let's Get Started

What do I have to lose?

    Option 1 – Do absolutely nothing and stay exactly where you are right now.

    If you’re happy with your workplace the way it is and not dissatisfied with sickness and staff retention levels, low morale and productivity. Or the lack of candidates queueing up to work for you. Or the board constantly wondering why the staff happiness and well-being survey isn’t more favourable.

   Then maybe you don’t need my help.

   But if you’d like to create a workspace that supports your staff’s comfort and well-being, helping you and them thrive in a space that propels your brand forward, that leaves you with two other options…

Option 2 – Do it yourself

   You can spend hours with your brand expert picking a colour scheme that best works with your logo. Or spend hours online sourcing furniture to fit your new space.

   Hopefully, you’ll choose well and pick products that reduce VOCs and improve air quality. You’ll also achieve a balanced scheme that looks amazing and nurtures your staff.

   If you’re willing to work hard and spend hours on the phone and online, picking and managing the right products and suppliers, you might be able to pull it off.

Or…

Option 3: Let me do the heavy lifting for you

   Applying my trademark Design Treatment for Successful Spaces™, I’ll ask the right questions to get to the root of your problem to create a bespoke design solution for your successful workspace.

   You can relax knowing all your needs are being taken care of.

Of these 3 options, ask yourself…

   What’s going to be easier for you?

   You see there are two types of people in this world…

   Those who only dream about achieving their goals without ever taking action to make it happen…

    And those who are ready to take action when the opportunity presents itself.

    Since you’re still reading this far, I think you’re one of the few special ones…

    One of the 2 companies I’m looking for in the Torbay, South Hams or South Devon area.

    If I’m right and you’re still with me…

    Click the big pink button below now to get in touch and get the ball rolling.

    Only you can decide.

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