How to Bring the Outdoors Into the Workplace

Studies show plants and natural elements increase productivity and well-being. Here are tips to blend the outdoors into your current office design.

Most employees spend an average of eight hours per day day indoors. But over the years, modern offices and buildings have decreased the number of natural elements inside. Natural light, ventilation and fresh air, vegetation, views and other assets of the natural world with which we have an innate connection have been replaced by an artificial environment. So it’s no surprise that your company’s workforce may start to wither inside a stale or sterilized office space. The symptoms can include a lack of creativity, productivity, energy and general mood balance. According to Harvard University myrmecologist and conservationist Edward O. Wilson, human beings are hardwired to connect with nature and other living organisms. By introducing biophilic design into your office layout (or at least a plant or two), you can can vastly improve the psychological, emotional and physical well-being of your entire staff.

 

Install Focal Walls

Focal walls are large displays typically utilizing a mural or tastefully done wallpaper, which can evoke feelings of being outdoors without actually bringing in the dirt. These can boost morale on a cold gray day. Plants are not only air purifiers, they’re aesthetically pleasing and a source of stress relief. Introducing a variety of safe, nontoxic plants to your break rooms, your reception area or modular workstations will also help your team breathe more easily.

 

 

 

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