Rational use of the workspace, key to ensure psychosocial well-being of workers

On October 10, World Mental Health Day is celebrated, which -according to the definition of the WHO-, is the "state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not only the absence of diseases or illnesses." And the work environment is one of the areas where the mental health of Spaniards suffers the most. Almost half (45%) suffer from work stress, but, going down to detail, the figures are aggravated by the pandemic. 67.58% of the active population in Spain have symptoms of anxiety such as nervousness, irritability and tension (present in 86% of workers); sleep disturbance (84.7%); headache (68.8%) and feeling overwhelmed (61.5%), according to a recent study by Affor.

Especially common is the 'Burnout' syndrome, which arises from prolonged exposure to stressful situations due to factors such as excessive workload, lack of motivation and recognition, and toxic colleagues or work environment, among others. Circumstances that translate into a feeling of both physical and emotional fatigue, job dissatisfaction and loss of commitment in relation to the company, as well as physical symptoms such as insomnia, poor health habits, chronic pain, etc. Symptoms that worsened during confinement.

An efficient and controlled allocation of workspaces is one of the best ways to prevent psychosocial risks.

Technology for a safe return to work physically and mentally

To prevent the return to work spaces after the pandemic from increasing the risk of burns, it is essential that the return is orderly, rational and meets health criteria and the prevention of psychosocial risks. For this reason, tools such as Bookker, which allow the assignment and reservation of jobs in companies, among other functionalities, are essential.

Simple operation that guarantees the management of spaces according to sustainability and efficiency criteria. Each employee has remote access to a profile, where they can edit their status, access virtual meetings, and manage the reservation of locations from anywhere . As easy as applying for the position from your mobile and without the need for the company to install hardware of any kind. As simple as printing augmented-reality labels, through which workers can know the availability of each space.

"Before covid we had already identified a clear value proposition based on achieving efficiencies and significant savings in real estate in companies, and with a clear improvement in team productivity," says Miguel Ángel Orellana, CEO of Bookker. "But now it goes far beyond optimizing costs, but also guaranteeing people's health and well-being, the most important asset of any company. ”A task for which Bookker has been particularly suitable, for this reason, and it shows. In its results, experienced an exponential growth, helping to manage their spaces to companies in 15 countries, such as Danone, Telefónica, Banco Itaú, Claro, Oracle, ISS, CBRE ..., among others, helping them in the management of their different types of space: hotdesking, meeting rooms, dining room, parking spaces, teleworking stages ... Quite an achievement, if we take into account that Bookker was born at the end of 2018.

"Cultural change is brewing in organizations, but it lands on the employee", reflects José Luis Casal, CMO of Booker. "If you don't manage that change well, the expected efficiencies will not be generated." The tools of a new hybrid, digital and connected paradigm must be simple and intuitive, to guarantee at the same time business efficiency and the well-being of people.

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