Focus: Facility Design

Healthcare Environments Can Support Safety, Teamwork

October 12, 2020

To reduce errors and save lives, healthcare teams communicate, according to an article on the Herman Miller website.

Design strategies for improving clinician teamwork include: creating a variety of settings, increasing conversational transparency, facilitating chance encounters, planing for human-scaled work areas and  creating neutral zones.

Including a variety of settings across the care team environment enables a diversity of communication styles—and increases worker satisfaction by 31.8 percent, according to a study: “The World’s Best Workplaces 2018.”

But because Important communication doesn't just happen in meetings, workplace settings should be design must make room for  chance encounters and casual conversations in corridors and other shared spaces.

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