What are the benefits of biophilic office design?
Studies carried out by Exeter University discovered that staff were 15% more productive with elements of nature introduced to their workspace, compared to employees with minimal contact. There are various factors that contribute to this such as, improved air quality and noise reduction. Staff actively engaging with their environment are likely to be more efficient and more creative individuals.
Offices with a variety of flexible working environments are always more pleasant and allow people to be more creative. An environment with a small external connection will only enhance staff creativity. Giving staff access to natural light and including exterior spaces or natural elements inside such as small patios, vertical gardens or vegetation are increasingly popular, and is an excellent way to help boost creativity.
Biophilia in the office environment, whether it’s a living wall feature or several plants, will use up carbon dioxide to produce oxygen. An increase in oxygen levels helps to reduce mental tiredness and increase energy levels, leading to improved concentration.
Investing in your workplace is important as the cost of losing a key member of staff or failing to attract top talent can be significant. Giving employees a choice of environments to work in so they can perform at their best, is one of the easiest and most effective ways to help retain staff. A well designed office should include creative elements of nature and good access to natural light, creating an environment where employees love to work.
As we have seen, biophilic office design has significant benefits to productivity, creativity and concentration, which in turn will have a positive impact on staff wellbeing. Statistics have shown that ‘bringing the outdoors in’ can help increase focus and wellbeing in the workplace, including small plants, living wall features and indoor trees for larger spaces, creating healthier offices that help to reduce stress. Giving staff the option to work outside gives them another environment to work in, and allows them to access the much needed fresh air, giving them more energy and a sharper mind.