Study: WELL certification boosts worker satisfaction and perceived productivity  

WELL is working.  

Workers in buildings with WELL certification report higher workplace satisfaction, increased productivity, and improved health and well-being, according to a peer-reviewed study in the Journal of Building and Environment.  

Backed by scientific research, WELL is a system for improving human health and well-being by building healthier buildings, organizations and communities. It focuses on 10 concepts for good health — Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Movement, Thermal Comfort, Sound, Materials, Mind, and Community. 

The survey found:  

  • Workplace satisfaction increased from 42% to 70%, a nearly 30-point improvement
  • Well-being scores increased 26% overall  
  • Mental health scores were up 10%  
  • Physical health scores were up 2%  
  • Mean productivity scores made a 10-point jump 

The longitudinal research used more than 1,300 pre- and post-occupancy surveys from six North American companies. 

The survey comes as the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced a new partnership to streamline dual certification for WELL and LEED, the rating standard for green buildings, beginning in 2023.  

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