As health and wellbeing initiatives in the workplace continue to gain momentum across the globe, the B:HIVE – the co-working building at Smales Farm, North Shore – has a core focus on its occupant’s wellbeing.
Huffington Post reports that when businesses invest in the wellbeing of their people and support healthy lifestyle changes, people become high performers.
The report indicates 51% of organisations surveyed by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) said their wellness efforts improved employee satisfaction and engagement.
Pioneering this trend in New Zealand is the B:HIVE at Smales Farm on Auckland’s North Shore. The B:HIVE has made workplace wellbeing a priority in order to encourage health and wellbeing amongst its residents.
The appointment of internal gardens, an open air atrium providing natural light to all floors and an HVAC system that delivers fresh air 50% of the time ensures the B:HIVE will be a fantastic environment in which to work.
An expansive modern design aesthetic accompanies many key components of architecture.
“Smales Farm and the B:HIVE have an ethos that is all about people. We believe strong employee attraction, retention and lower absenteeism are critical to business success as they lead to increased productivity and a fantastic culture, ” states Paul Gunn, Smales Farm Management CEO.
A large, open atrium with greenery reaching up through a tall central void welcomes visitors into a sanctuary that brings the outdoors inside. Meanwhile, casual meeting rooms and drop-down spaces on the ground floor create vibrant environments conducive for socialising and collaboration.
The B:HIVE’s south-west aspect means that natural light will stream through to every floor injecting further energy into the building and allowing greater density of use.
Offering a flexible, modern working space that’s seamlessly integrated with the natural environment, the B:HIVE encapsulates the importance of employee wellbeing within the workplace environment.
Often the workplace can seem stressful and overwhelming, but with the transformation of the existing precinct – the B:HIVE uses innovative ways to offer a unique working experience with an altruistic vision.
Smales Farm hosts 5000sqm of open green spaces – more than any other comparable business zone in New Zealand – that offers a range of uses, including recreational and entertainment aids.
The B:HIVE is not just a work place, it’s a hub for community activity, socialising and wellbeing. With a well-established place-making program, food trucks, a brand-new hospitality precinct, an exclusive gym, transport links, outdoor movies, and a growing calendar of community events, Smales Farm is transforming how business is done in New Zealand.