At Ambient Energy, health and safety are not merely benchmarks for HR managers to check off in their program evaluations, they are values incorporated into everything they do as a company. You can feel it when you enter their office. Natural light fills the building, while art and plants line the walls. As you walk through the office, you notice the different types of spaces made available to employees: seating areas for team collaboration, quiet corners for individual work, game rooms to foster connectivity and stress relief. It’s immediately clear that employee needs are put front and center in the workplace.
As a Health Links™ Certified Healthy Workplace Leader, Ambient Energy encourages safety while fostering employee health, inside and out. According to Christina Seri, Operations Manager at Ambient Energy, “We take health a step further and look at the total work environment we provide for our staff.” Ambient tests and monitors the air quality in its office space and makes sure the lighting and sound are at optimal levels for productivity. All employees work from ergonomic chairs and standing desks and have access to an office walking desk. Ambient also makes sure that employees understand its policies encouraging workers to take sick days or work from home when they’re feeling ill.
Not only does Ambient Energy ensure the physical safety of its employees, but it also pursues their health, by way of encouraging mental engagement through inspiring people with daily quotes, providing healthy snacks, having a work flexibility policy, and encouraging physical activity. “Overall, we do our best to give our staff as many tools and opportunities as possible to make healthy choices for themselves and we reinforce the value in that through our actions and offerings,” says Christina.
Ambient Energy often hosts tours of its office space to members of the community as a way to showcase their employee-centric, healthy, and safe office design. Their Health Links Healthy Workplace Leader sticker is proudly displayed on the front door. According to Christina, “Our [Health Links] certification shows our staff and our community that we are dedicated to maintaining a healthy work environment.”
Written by Laura Veith, Marketing & Communications Coordinator for Health Links and the Center for Health, Work & Environment based at the Colorado School of Public Health.