The modern office today has come a long way in terms of design and technology. The workforce these days is constantly adapting and changing to meet the requirements of new work practices and technologies.
A growing number of organisations and employees are considering green solutions in the hope of creating a more inspiring work environment.
Eco-friendly office spaces help create a naturalistic setting and make employees feel more relaxed and calm.
Boost morale and productivity
According to a study by the University of Queensland in Australia, employee productivity can increase by 15 percent in an office that has potted plants. Co-author of the study, Alex Haslam, says that a green office tells employees that their employer cares about them.
The research team studied the impact a ‘lean’ versus ‘green’ office space has on employees. Results of the study showed that, employees reported increased concentration levels and better air quality in an office with plants.
Natural light has been scientifically proven to enhance mood while the lack of sunlight leads to a lack of motivation. Having big glass windows, opening blinds and curtains, can go a long way towards improving employee engagement in the workplace.
Environmental stimuli like a brightly lit office, affects an individual’s state of awareness, and impacts how employees tackle tasks at work. Using natural light in the office helps employees feel more relaxed, welcomed and ultimately happier.
Improve employee wellbeing
Plants lower the level of indoor contaminants helping employees feel healthier. Clas Bergvall, an ethnologist at a University in Sweden, found that plants have an enormous positive impact on wellbeing and help to incorporate the natural environment into chaotic work lives.
Office buildings are environmentally sealed to prevent the spread of diseases, but Volcanic Organic Compounds are emitted as gases from products, for example, paints and lacquers. VOCs are also emitted from office equipment – printers, copiers, copy paper, glue, adhesives, permanent markets etc. Plants help to cleanse the air of harmful pollutants and help to reduce upper respiratory complications in employees.
Another great way to boost employee morale is by paying attention to the colour schemes within the office and the colour of your office walls. According to a study at the University of Texas, it was found that bland colours like beige, grey and white induce feelings of sadness and depression.
Colours can impact mood and productivity in the workplace which is why they are a very important factor. Blues and greens that mimic shades of the outside environment help to improve efficiency and focus.
Researchers have found yellow to be the shade of optimism and energy. It triggers innovative ideas and works well in creative environments.
A connection with nature
The addition of plants in the work environment makes a huge difference to employee satisfaction and motivation. Employees who work in offices with plants say that they feel content and happy, compared to those who work in offices without.
Among their many benefits, plants help reduce humidity, improve air quality and benefit employees in the long run.
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