Salary and benefits aren’t the only players in attracting and retaining great talent these days. Company culture and workplace environments play a huge role in an individual’s decision to join a new company.
And why shouldn’t they?
Most of us spend more time in the office per week than anywhere else so it stands to reason that we’d rather spend all that time in an environment that supports mental health, fosters creativity and provides a lower stress atmosphere.
Colors found in nature and large windows with views of natural elements help individuals get a dose of the outside even when at work.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American spends 93% of their life indoors. This stat becomes even more upsetting when you consider that this averages out to about one half of one day per week spent outside.
While in most cases it is not conducive to work outside – with sunlight glares on computer screens, Segway tours and beautiful trees distracting us – there are alternatives that can provide similar benefits to those naturally derived from a walk in the woods.
The natural light in this conference room provides users with a well-lit creative space to meet
Providing employees with plenty of access to natural light goes a long way in increasing worker satisfaction and reducing overall stress. We all benefit from the warmth bestowed to us by the sun's rays just as we all wilt and cringe under the harsh fluorescent lighting beneath which most of us unfortunately sit.
Environments like this one at 929 Bellevue Office Towers allow employees and visitors to benefit from natural light and and natural wood furniture even while indoors.
Incorporating natural elements is a growing trend in workplace design as studies continue to reveal the tendency toward higher productivity and creativity levels in office spaces employing biophilic design.
Choosing a color palate consisting of shades found in nature, adding living walls and potted plants to define spaces and working with natural elements like wood over manmade surfaces all contribute to the look and feel of a workspace that values user wellbeing.
It may not be practical to work outdoors, but we can still hope