The Benefits Of Bringing The Outside, In
The artificial lighting, the creaky chairs, the 4 bare walls… there’s not much that’s natural about an office. Bringing nature into the workplace is one of the best ways to improve employees’ moods, job satisfaction and productivity - and it just looks nice!
To help you do this, we’ve accumulated our best top tips to help bring the positivity of nature into your office:
Natural light in the workspace is proven to help workers operate more positively, enhance productivity and decrease work-related stress. Not everyone is fortunate enough to work in offices with huge floor to ceiling windows but there are other ways you can help bring natural daylight in.
- Install skylights
If you are able to, install some skylights around the office to brighten up the darker corners and ensure there is natural light all around and not just right next to the window.
- Remove large dividers
Whilst some jobs may require you to have your own private space or cubical, large dividers can stop natural light from travelling around the office and more importantly, in to your workstation. If you can’t remove them all together, consider getting shorter ones.
- Use artificial lighting as a supplement
- Make the most of the natural light you do have
If you do have a big window, don’t use that space for big appliances or temporary areas. Make sure you have some workstations next to it. This could be a place for meetings or some office desks.
Indoor plants & living walls
The obvious way to bring nature into the office is through indoor office plants. This could include both artificial plants as well as real ones. We found these products are some of the best living walls available.
Plants in the office are proven to:
- Reduce stress
- Increase productivity
- Clean the air
- Boost creativity
A method to bring nature into the office could be by using colours and tones correlated with nature such as browns, greens, blues and yellows. It is a well-known fact that different colours can physiologically encourage employees and customers to feel various ways. We’ve explored a handful of nature-like colours and their physiological effects.
Green symbolises growth, harmony and balance. It is commonly known for being beneficial around those who work long hours because the human eye perceives green in a way that requires no eye adjustment. Therefore, the colour green will not contribute to eye fatigue.
Blue delivers a calming impression and is proven to reduce stress. Blue can be commonly associated with the sea and sky which are both calm and collective. It has been said by physiologists that blue stimulates the mind by promoting communication, trust and efficiency.
- Hints of yellow
With yellow, less is more. Yellow can be associated with feelings of happiness, fun, and reminds people of the sun. It is a positive colour that can look very fresh when used correctly. Due to its energetic nature, it is commonly used in creative spaces.
Natural materials and shapes
Shapes that are associated with nature such as curves, and colours such as browns can also be used as a way of incorporating nature into the workplace.
Our corner desks takes the straight lines out of the office and adds a bit of flare with its characteristic curves. It is available for both right handed or left handed people to ensure you can work comfortably.
Available in Oak, Beech, White and Grey Oak, you can choose any colour to fit with your office branding, as well as incorporating a natural theme.
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This natural looking light oak finish desk has storage shelves nicely incorporated into this modern home office desk. The natural colour will blend right in with any interior pallet making it look fresh and tidy.
Combine some of these natural colours into your office with this green-backed computer chair. This seat has a soft, rubberised back and will mould to the shape of your body allowing full support at all times.
Need a hand?
If you’d like help choosing the right colours, shapes and designs into your office to not only boost productivity but improve the offices moral, give our team a call on 0344 755 3018 or take a look around our website.