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Episode 52: IWBI’s Mind Concept Aims to Improve Mental Wellbeing


LinkedIn in Toronto. Photo by Eric Laignel.

IA Senior Designer Steven South and IA Project Architect Lourdes Saladino discuss the International WELL Building Institute’s (IWBI) Mind Concept, which optimizes cognitive and emotional health through design, technology, and treatment strategies.

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IWBI offers strategies and policies for areas such as mood, stress levels, and sleep patterns to help employers and individuals in the workplace have a more positive impact on the environment.

Sustainable design has evolved from focusing on its impact on the environment to focusing on its impact on humans.

Supporting mental health and creating a proper workplace environment is fundamental to the career goals of employees and bottom line of businesses.

The Mind Concept addresses sleep through workplace sleep support, such as individual or multi-occupancy rooms with couches, sleep pods, hammocks, or reclining chairs. Companies are also providing workplace sleep support by subsidizing software to monitor employees’ sleep habits and limiting the hours of when employees are receiving work phone calls and emails.

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