Getting workspace into shape

Air Miles and Honeywell show how improved workplace design makes for healthier environment
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/11/2009

Approaching the end of a 10-year lease, Air Miles decided to change the location of its headquarters. The company was keen to revitalize its workspace with a more open concept and incorporate “amenities and facilities more reflective of themes we were putting through the workforce, along the lines of health and well-being and looking to build employee engagement,” says Bryan Pearson, president and CEO of Air Miles.

And while Air Miles anticipated a 10-per-cent turnover with the August 2008 move from North York, Ont., to an office in downtown Toronto — about 15 kilometres away — it was less than one per cent among 1,300 employees.

“It is a testament to the design of the building and the energy that was in that new location and facilities we provided, in combination with the business we’re in. People really like what the company does and feel proud to work for it,” says Pearson.