Burnout is a significant issue affecting today’s workforce, costing an estimated $125-190 billion per year in healthcare spending in the U.S. alone. Much of the current discussion around this issue has focused on individual factors and job characteristics. Can workplace design play a role in addressing the problem?
With more and more workplaces moving toward open office design there is also more opportunity for distraction. Limiting acoustical disruptions by implementing passive workplace interventions (such as sound masking and designating quiet workspaces) gives employees the agency to manage these stimuli, contributing to better psychoacoustics.
Dr. Whitney Austin Gray will lead a presentation and discussion exploring how employers can harness the power of design to prevent stress and help their employees stay focused, engaged, and productive throughout the workday. Dr. Gray co-authored the whitepaper, “The Role of Design in Burnout: Can Managing Acoustic Stimuli in the Workplace Help Reduce Burnout?”
Whitney Austin Gray, Ph.D., LEED AP, WELL Faculty
At Delos, Dr. Whitney Austin Gray leads research and development of innovative strategies that seek to improve human health and well-being through building design. She is an adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University. Dr. Gray received her Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and was the first public health professional to become LEED AP.
Lida Lewis, ASID, WELL AP, WELL FACULTY, LEED AP ID+C, FITWEL AMBASSADOR
Lida Lewis is an architect by training and interior architect in practice with a focus on sustainability and its impact on people. She utilizes 17+ years of design and sustainability expertise to spearhead thought leadership on incorporating the best of public health research into tangible design strategies. Currently serving on the USGBC-NCR Board as well as the global WELL Mind Concept advisory, she was invited to review the WELL Community Standard and WELL v2 and is an ASID “Ones to Watch.” A firm believer that the design of space has a profound impact on well-being, she leverages design to elevate the occupant experience.
Kay Sargent, ASID, IIDA, LEED AP, MCR/w, WELL AP
Kay Sargent brings over 34 years of experience in the interiors industry. She has worked with multiple Fortune 500 companies on their global real estate strategies and designed workplaces of the future. Kay specializes in helping companies align their space with their business goals, develop the workplace of the future, and deliver it across their global portfolio. Kay is senior principal and director of WorkPlace at HOK, the world’s largest global architectural firm, and serves on its board of directors. Kay also serves on the board of the International Federation of Interior Designers /Architects (IFI), and on the CoreNet Global Board. She also serves on the National ASID Foundation Research Taskforce. During her career, Kay has served on the international boards of IIDA, ASID, NCQLP, and the ASID Foundation. She is an active member of IFMA and co-founder of the IFMA Workplace Evolutionaries, WE, community.
Bill Browning is one of the green building and real estate industry's foremost thinkers and strategists, and an advocate for sustainable design solutions at all levels of business, government, and civil society. In 2006, he co-founded Terrapin Bright Green, an environmental strategies research and consulting firm. Browning is a founding board member of the USGBC. In addition to consulting, Bill writes and lectures widely on sustainable design and building practices. He is a published co-author of Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate; Greening the Building and the Bottom Line; and Biophilic Design.