A comfortable office environment keeps employees happy and boosts their productivity. But, what exactly is comfortable in a work space?
Most office designs today feature rest and recreation areas such as sleep pods and entertainment centres. While these spaces certainly make employees feel good, experts strongly believe that comfort stems from much more basic elements: natural light, a simple view of the outdoors, and plants in a pot. Sounds too romantic? Not for psychologists.
Evolutionary psychologists say that design preferences are influenced by a shared history with nature. When a place is designed with touch of nature, people find security, thus improving comfort.
Natural light improves circadian rhythms, allowing the body to function well. Office designs that restrict sunlight often result in employees that experience serotonin and melatonin imbalance. This affects the normal sleeping patterns, compromising immune systems and productivity. Experts from The Caretakers strongly recommend the use of glass office partitioning. These fit outs let natural light in, making the space more conducive for productivity.
Simple View of the Landscape
A view of the landscape helps boost productivity in the workplace. Research shows that employees who sit near windows perform better and show more interest in their tasks. In fact, the amount of natural light in your office can surprisingly reveal the level of employee satisfaction.
Plants in the Office
Did you know that the mere presence of plants could make your employees feel healthier? Experts say that indoor plants positively affect employee perception and feelings about work. They do well on tasks that need sustained attention and focus.
Here’s a more interesting fact: even if there are no plants in your office, ‘reminders’ of nature can still have the same effect. Aquariums and pictures of landscapes help employees relax. Using shades of blue and green can also enhance creative outputs.
A touch of nature in your office makes employees comfortable, happy and productive. Don’t deprive them of sunlight; never block their views and encourage them to put plants on their desks. Simple things like these will go a long way for your business.