New Wellness Suite for Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank is to roll out a Wellness Suite with pods reset and recovery pods for menopausal and peri-menopausal women as well as support for neurodiverse employees.

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Deutsche Bank was in the news this week about proposed new menopause pods. The Telegraph reported that the bank is set to introduce “reset and recovery pods” in its new London office to support peri-menopausal and menopausal women and multi-functional rooms with temperature and lighting controls to help alleviate symptoms such as hot flushes and migraines.

But that is just part of what Deutsche Banks Wellness Suite will offer. It will also include elements to support  neurodiverse employees. Researchers have been working on new more inclusive office designs based on reducing sensory stimulation. WM People Top Employer Awards judge Andy Lake outlines some of the new thinking on workplace acoustics in his recent book, Beyond Hybrid Working.

The Wellness Suite is just part of the bank’s commitment to neurodiversity. It has an award-winning Neurodiversity Employee Network which sets out to de-mystify neurodiversity and to support and connect neurodivergent employees and allies. The dedicated hub amongst other things, features information about events, offers a plethora of links and resources as well as mentoring opportunities. It has also helped to make training materials more accessible to neurodivergent employees and helped support families with neurodiverse children or partners.

It also hosted an event which saw Government minister Mims Davies and Sir Robert Buckland announce the findings of the Buckland review into autistic employment and launched a new neurodiversity employment tool for employers developed by charity Autistica, Deutsche Bank’s Charity of the Year in 2016/7.

Multiple work zones

In addition to the Wellness Suite, the design of the new London office includes multiple workspaces to support individual and group working, for example, it has specific work zones, connect zones and social zones.

Functional spaces include phone booths for private and / or confidential phone calls; study booths for short-term activities that demand focus or confidentiality; meetings rooms for meetings and group work; think tanks which are enclosed collaboration spaces; and a scrum table designed for brainstorming, creative thought and collaborative workshops.

 



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