A recent article, 6 Ways Nature Helps You Get More Out of Your Employees by Rieva Lesonsky says that incorporating natural elements in our workplaces such as natural light, greenery and outdoor views can help us deal with day to day stress and maintain our work performance.
Here are four ways to incorporate natural elements into your individual office space, home office or team office space.
- Promote natural lighting
Natural lighting and outdoor views are the most-coveted elements in an office design. Find out how you can redesign your office space to get more natural light.
- Remove curtains, window blinds or furniture that obstructs natural light.
- Locate common areas (e.g. meeting space) near the windows instead of giving a few key employees the desirable window seats.
- Use indoor lighting that replicates the spectrum of natural light if your office doesn’t have windows.
- Use colors and indoor plants
Decorating your office with indoor plants and using soothing natural colors such as green, yellow or blue can be used to help improve your workplace environment. It can increase your energy and enthusiasm the moment you walk in the door—good vibes will help you start your hectic day with vitality.
- Simulate nature
A workplace that has no touch of nature at all is dull and dreary. Nature photos (landscape/seascape photographs or artwork) on the wall or nature inspired wallpapers can boost employee happiness and productivity.
- Create quiet spaces
The open-plan offices can decrease employee engagement and productivity due to lack of privacy. Try to create quiet spaces such as relaxing couch nooks or small conference areas where employees can go to relax and refresh.
Follow these tips to create a lively and inspiring workplace for dynamic and innovative workforce. If you are looking for workspace solutions to best suit your business needs, YourOffice has come alongside hundreds of business looking for everything from plug and play offices to full service virtual offices. We know your business is unique, and your office space shouldn’t be any different. Let us match the perfect space or service to fit your business needs.
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