As many of us begin return to the office, we recognise the need for space, light and a positive environment for our mental wellbeing more than ever.
We spend up to 40 hours in the office, soon to be a significant contrast from our home office, kitchen or lounge overlooking the garden.
So upon our return back to work, what types of things does an employer need to consider to create a supportive and healthy environment for their employees?
Firstly, let’s start with lighting. Offices should take full advantage of natural light sources. It is proven employees working in environments with natural light have higher levels of energy. Natural light also negates the need to use artificial lighting thus making your office more energy efficient.
Secondly, an office colour scheme should evoke a sense of calm and relaxation, but also foster creativity and positive energy. Colour schemes evoke different emotional responses. Bright colours can cause distraction. They amplify emotions which in turn interrupt cognitive performance. Hues, or colour shades, are more appropriate for an office space.
Because wellbeing is about feeling good and functioning to the best of our ability, it makes sense to promote physical exercise. A flexible workspace encourages employees to move around the office. Plus, sitting in one position for long periods is uncomfortable.
Plants in an office space boosts happiness and connects us to nature. Now, remembering to look after plants could be a struggle in a busy environment so, investing in Botanium is a good solution – a self-watering planter which promises to take care of your plants as it nourishes the soil-free roots. In a similar way that views of nature have a calming impact on our mood, being surrounded by natural materials and textures have the same affect.
Creating spaces with wellness in mind can benefit both companies and their employees. It can reduce sick days, motivate staff, increase their productivity, increase employee satisfaction and retain top talent. How can your office design benefit your company?