A Human-Centered Approach

The workplace impacts well-being, productivity,

and engagement, especially as employees

navigate sensory-rich settings. Sensory design

is crucial yet often neglected. It shapes how we

interact with our surroundings and form social


Individual sensory responses affect how we feel

and perform at work. It's important to

acknowledge the varied ways people process

sensory inputs to create workspaces that

promote productivity and well-being,

addressing distinct needs. By focusing on a

human-centered design, we can select factors

like sound, texture, and visuals with intention to

enhance the workplace experience.

Embracing Neurodiversity

Understanding neurodiversity in sensory responses is key, making it essential to provide diverse workspaces for different preferences and sensitivities. A thoughtfully designed workplace offers various settings to support focus, comfort, and mental well-being, enabling employees to choose spaces that match their needs, fostering inclusivity and a sense of belonging.

Beyond a Single Solution

Our research utilized a sensory profile scale assessing how research participants tend to respond to stimuli such as sound, vision, and touch in their environment.


Sensory Design Considerations

Sensory design components, like atmospheric sound, privacy, lighting, biophilic elements, and ergonomic furnishings enhance workers’ belonging when tailored to personal preferences. Choices in color and intensity can make a space feel more welcoming or creatively stimulating, impacting mood and productivity.


Sound can be a distraction and elevate stress levels. A thoughtful acoustic mitigation plan can lead to a healthier, more engaged, high-performance workforce. 


decrease in workplace productivity is attributed to noise distractions.


Workplace designs that accommodate privacy preferences and embrace worker choice benefit from a more engaged and effective workforce. 


of workers want total privacy while working on their computer.

Textures, Hues, and Shapes

Sensory experiences like color, texture, and pattern can significantly impact a sense of belonging. It’s important to consider materials that are functional, inviting, and evoke comfort.


of knowledge comes to us visually, 13% through hearing, and 12% through smell, taste, and touch.

Biophilic Elements

Enhancing well-being and fostering creativity are essential goals of biophilic design. This approach involves seamlessly integrating nature-inspired elements into spaces, promoting a connection with the natural environment.


increase in overall well-being and productivity can be achieved through biophilic design.  

Adjustable Lighting

Effective daylighting and adjustable lighting in indoor environments are essential for maintaining circadian alignment, promoting health, and supporting emotional and behavioral well-being. 


of people’s time is spent indoors. 

Visual Landscapes

Clutter can hinder the ability to accurately perceive emotions and focus on tasks. Providing opportunities for personal storage can mitigate clutter and improve feelings of safety in shared spaces. 


increase in the amount of time it took for people to answer questions while seated at a messy desk compared to a neatly arranged desk.