Some simple additions to an office space can make all the difference with many workplaces now featuring:
- Lots of natural light
- Recycled timber desk tops
- More open space and breakout areas
This joy of the natural is really exciting to see. Essentially, bringing the outside in when it comes to workplaces. Offices more and more are moving away from no light, grey carpet and white walled boxes to being flooded with timber and concrete tiled flooring, or neutral colour carpet tones plants, vertical gardens, wood and timber throughout the office and exposed natural light!
All in all, it’s changing the way offices look – all very pretty for an architecture magazine but is also exceptionally beneficial for our health! Psychologists have known for a good while now that we become calmer and more creative outdoors than indoors. The use of natural materials, light and greenery can all have positive effects on our mental health.
This is an important trend when looking at offices with our lives becoming busier than ever and stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions continuing to be sharply on the rise.
Personally, this week I had a nice recycled timber top delivered for my home office to replace the current top of my sit and stand desk and it really does have a calming and enjoyable feeling to it. I would say I’ve become a convert to the natural look. Not only does it look great, but the feel of working on it is extremely enjoyable.
This thing of weaving more natural materials into an office isn’t a new concept either. For years the states and countries in Canada and Europe have been realising the benefits of bringing nature indoors to improve workplace productivity. The concept of a “healthy” building is now a very real one and companies are now building offices to improve health looking at all things such as air quality, lighting, materials, comfort and many more. WELL certification is picking up and gaining great momentum. It’s also the people working in these organisations that are highlighting the importance of real thought into the office design. Companies that are placing an emphasis on environmental factors and sustainability are experiencing higher productivity levels in their workforce than those who neglect this.
All in all, it’s a really exciting movement to see in this space and something to think about while you’re at work, how can we make this office healthier? Even if that is simply with a small desk plant. The joy of the natural should be considered and enjoyed.
Have a healthy and productive day,
- Allens Operations Pty Ltd (Aust) – Australia wide (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane & Perth) - September 24, 2018
- Early childhood intervention Australia - August 4, 2018
- Australian Physiotherapy Association National office, Victoria - August 2, 2018