The Impact of Bringing the Outdoors into the Workplace
Give your workplace a burst of life by including plants, flowers and other greenery into your space. These natural elements do wonders to improve productivity and well-being. But it’s not as easy as just putting a plant on your desk. Read our new blog post on bringing the outdoors into the workplace
Give your workplace a burst of life by including plants, flowers and other greenery into your space. These natural elements do wonders to improve productivity and well-being. But it’s not as easy as just putting a plant on your desk. It requires a bit more thought in terms of office design and the layout.
Let’s explore a few of the ways you can harmonise the connection between the indoors and outdoors.
Think about it – you spend eight hours (maybe more) inside every day. In winter, you probably leave the office when it’s already dark. This means, you can only enjoy the outdoors on the weekend. That’s two days out of seven. The solution is bringing more of the outdoors inside, into your office.
Natural light, ventilation, fresh air, vegetation and views. These are all the types of things you want to make space for. You’ll notice an increase in productivity, motivation, happiness, and positivity. As human beings, we naturally yearn to connect with nature and other living things.
Even simply adding a plant or two into your office can have a great impact – vastly improving the psychological, emotional and physical health of you and your team.
Include these things into your office:
There’s a reason why we plant trees in our backyards and add flowers in vases around the house. They increase oxygen and airflow, making the environment feel fresher and more breathable. Clean air is important in any space, especially offices where there’s dozens of people. Boost productivity, reduce stress and keep the space clean by adding greenery to your workplace. You can also turn your petitions and focal walls into lush, green settings. They’ll double to increase privacy, as well as add colour and life to the room.
Use natural materials
Where you can, use natural materials such as wood and stone. Is there room for a water feature? Add this into the design, too. All these things mimic the textures of the outdoors, which can enhance your space. Consider bringing like to otherwise bland areas such as hallways, entrances, and unused nooks.
If you can’t bring the outdoors in, go outside. Use that little free space of garden for morning yoga or organise a weekly running group around your suburb. Look for opportunities to introduce stimulation of an outdoorsy activity. This could even mean activities on the weekend such as rowing, swimming, rock climbing or sport. If you can, why not give your team a six-month membership to a nearby gym, as their end of year present.
Awaken your workplace
We have a large range of furniture that’s designed to help improve your health and wellbeing. Whether it’s desks, chairs, tables or storage options, you’ll find everything you need at Direct Office. And if you’re looking for something specific, ask us. We can custom create anything for you.
Get your products right, then bring the outdoors in.