Turn to green or risk green staff.
Designing, redesigning or relocating a workplace? You’re not only moving furniture, you’re transforming people.
You have two choices: create an environment that can make them sick and unproductive,
or create one that makes them better than they’ve ever felt before.
Consider choosing a location which has access to natural ventilation and outdoor spaces.
Or talk to your architect or designer about botanical integration and nature-based design, preferably in the form of live vegetation.
According to a recent study carried out by Dr. Tina Bringslimark*, a link between time spent in nature and improved mental wellbeing was established, suggesting that accessibility to natural areas within urban contexts may be a critical resource for mental health in our rapidly urbanizing world.
Dr. Bringslimark’s study also suggested that the existence of plants in the office also reduced the effects of fatigue, stress and symptoms such as sore throat, headache, cough and dry skin problems that office workers often suffered.
To naturally enhance your current working space, consider green walls, plants on desks or in meeting rooms. The best plants to improve air quality according to a NASA study, are aloe vera, snake plant (mother-in-law’s tongue), spider plant, peace lily and golden pothos.
Healthy and happy employees are more productive, more creative and more empowered, so by adding a touch of green to the workplace you create a win-win for both company and staff.
Yakkazoo has arrived in Australia and we’re redesigning workplaces into wellplaces, so that Manic Monday and Hump Day are becoming history.
* Environmental Psychology expert, at the University of Life Sciences in Norway and the Uppsala University in Sweden.