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EQ Blog – Dominic Pozzoni, Director at Colliers International

Hear from Dominic Pozzoni, Director at Colliers International, joint property agent at Exchange Quay, on the importance of wellbeing in the workplace to make sure employees are happy, well and motivated.

Dominic Pozzoni, Director at Colliers International

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In this changing world we are navigating, we are seeing an increase in employers encouraging employees to consider all types of transport, as we gear up to get back to work. As a result, accessibility by bicycle and the provision of cycling hubs is high on the tick list of companies when seeking new office space.

We’ve seen people adapting to the pandemic by getting on their bikes daily and enjoying the benefits that cycling has on their mental and physical wellbeing. As cycle sales soar, now more than ever, workers will seek employers offering healthier workspace benefits and facilities with a good cycling hub being an increasingly important factor.

At Exchange Quay, Manchester we are in a unique position in that our occupiers have all modes of transport available to help them get to and from work by driving, Metrolink travel, walking or cycling, combined with a whole raft of amenities designed to promote employee happiness and wellness as well as first class accessibility – from the development’s dedicated Metrolink and 1,850 car parking spaces to waterside walking and cycling routes; secure cycle storage, changing and shower facilities and even a bike doctor!

This isn’t the only wellness focus for occupiers.  With the return to work, the office will play an even more crucial role in being a space to collaborate.  As organisations look at how the office space functions, more emphasis will be placed on space that allows people to collaborate, exchange ideas, share knowledge and work together.

We spend around a third of our lives in the office environment so corporates looking to attract and retain the best talent want more than just four physical walls – they want well designed space, the best working environment that empowers people and promotes essential health and wellbeing, as well as being highly accessible.

Exchange Quay has created a cohesive, collaborative community for occupiers to enjoy in a campus style environment on a waterside setting with landscaped gardens, outdoor space and a raft of amenities including a gym, yoga sessions, a restaurant, café, bar, post office, convenience store and nursery.  All this is combined with a pro-active on site management and tenancy engagement programme that ultimately helps to enhance productivity and the health and wellbeing for those working there.

It is also well placed to access a vast catchment of talent with established routes connecting to South Manchester and being on the doorstep of the city centre.

While office trends continue to evolve, one thing that does not change is the impact that the office environment from the inside out has on employee health and wellbeing to make sure they are happy, well and motivated in their workspace and surrounding areas.