Bringing the outdoors into the office environment

It’s March and spring is in the air.

Now’s the time to start embracing the return of nature, and none more so than in the office.

Incorporating nature into an office design comes with a number of psychological benefits. Scientific studies have proven that having the natural world present in an office can help reduce employee stress and tension, lessen depression, help stave off feelings of anger and hostility amongst workers and even reduce fatigue. Other advantages of having nature present in an office include increase productivity, reduced sickness and absence and cleaner air to breathe.

So in what ways can we bring the outdoors in and incorporate nature into an office environment?

Plants

One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways is to have plants in the office. From draping plants on window sills and bookshelves to making them part of employees’ workstations, offices containing plenty of greenery are much more pleasant to work in than environments void of plants and greenery.

Let there be daylight!

Another way to bring nature into the office is to have swathes of natural daylight filtering into the room. Again, studies have proven that natural light helps nurture productivity and wellbeing amongst workers.

If your office is starved of natural light, instead of relying on harsh florescent lighting and other forms of artificial light, which has been associated with inducing headaches and stress, aim to create more natural light by restructuring the office design.

Replacing smaller windows with bigger ones or installing additional windows will bring more natural light into the office and enable employees to have an outdoor view, bringing a sense of rejuvenation. Adding skylights to the office ceiling will also create more light.

From canvas of forests and meadows on the walls, to having windows open to circulate fresh air into the room, there are plenty of ways to bring the outdoors indoors in a working environment to the benefit of all who work there.

For all your office design requirements, get in touch with Aztec, one of the UK’s most respect office refurbishment specialists.