For working folks, what appears to be trickier than the question of “what came first: the chicken or the egg?” is how one can best manage a work and life balance.

Maintaining work and life balance is a thing, and in the 21st century where to many, the office is treated like a home and the computer like the TV, the line between working and living is as blurred as the foggy window. But as 2020 approached, society has become increasingly invested in the importance of mental health; individuals are slowly getting into the practice of wellness and self-care for better and mental and physical health. Whenever the topic is raised, we can’t help but to think of Dusadee Tancharoen, MD of Thailand’s leading residential developers, M.K Real Estate Development, who not only care to create value in everyday life for homeowners/buyers but also to the happiness of their employees.

To promote a positive vibe and work-life balance in the workplace, Dusadee makes wellness accessible at work. The goal is to retain employee’s aptitude in a blithe and healthy state to achieve the communal goal in creating top-notch residential projects. Dusadee soon realised that she needed to be the example, and channelling her inner wellness guru, she forged a health-focused system within the corporation. This includes rooftop gardens, yoga rooms, and a lush, airy communal working space.

With dexterity in housing development, M.K Real Estate Development is constantly on the mission to develop residential properties, and offers the best projects to meet the population’s needs. Like most work, success also comes with stress, and to strike for better mental health at work, that’s when a creative working space comes into play at M.K. Once entering the building, expect no concrete forest, but the Co-Wellnest: a plant-studded space with meeting rooms and working areas bedecked throughout with plants, wood elements, plush sofas, and brimming with essential working amenities.

Situated on the 8th floor is also a canteen featuring nutrient-rich food and fun elements like a ping pong table. All this is to assure there is plenty of room for employees to bond, as well as broaden their comfort zone at work. This will eventually benefit a healthy mentality and a good sense of teamwork as a whole.

Fitness-wise, Dusadee also promotes physical health in the office by providing well-equipped gym and wellness programs to encourage a healthy lifestyle in the long run. And if that isn’t enough, she also turns the working space into a gym area by incorporating exercise-ball chairs and treadmill-desks to improve productivity, ensuring employees stay active and energised instead of being stuck on their spine-crushing chairs.

Apart from the gym and shared working spaces, The Rooftop Farm is also another one of her wellness-focused plans to bring about sustainable healthcare at work. The rooftop farm is embedded in M.K.’s system to sprout a seed of wholesome eating within employees. The farm which sits perched on the building’s rooftop enables workers to grow chemical-free produce and cultivate their fruit of labour for a scrumptious office lunch topped off with more nutrients.

All in all, integrating these health-centric systems in the workplace is Dusadee’s way of setting up and tending good soil for greater success for both the employees and corporation. By prioritising the health of herself and coworkers at work, she establishes a healthy community for a good company, which creates a great base that will further boost their service and relationship with customers. Watch the video below to find out more.

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.