Expand your workspace - take the indoors out!
Preparing to return to an office after a long period of remote working will be welcomed by some but dreaded by others. With well-being at work a priority, most employers recognise the need to support employees during this transitional period. Flexible hours, hybrid working and improving health and safety measures all help, but improving an agile working environment makes good business sense too.
Well-being at Work
Making use of outdoor areas is a great way to show employees that you care about their well-being. With indoor air reputedly 2- 5 times dirtier than outdoor air, now is the time to extend your workspace outside.
Providing an outdoor space creates an environment in which it is easier to be sociable and still socially distance. But, more importantly, better connection with nature has been shown to increases happiness, reduce distractions and improve creative thinking.
And even though our weather is unpredictable there are covered outdoor shelters and meeting pods that can be used all year round.
Recommended Time Outdoors
Concern over the lack of nature in our urban offices inspired the biophilic design trend. For decades we’ve been bringing the outdoors in. Maybe it’s time to take the indoors out.
Research has shown that spending at least 120 minutes a week in nature is associated with good health and well-being. Being outdoors is restorative and provides workers with a much-needed rest from screen time.
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Mental and Physical Benefits
Many of us have already experienced the benefit of spending more time outdoors during this period of lockdown. Research by The University of Cumbria found that 72% of women and 60% of men reported that they are more likely to spend time in nature in future.
Even before the pandemic the mental and physical benefits of spending time outdoors were being promoted by the medical profession. In Shetland the NHS issues ‘nature prescriptions’ to tackle a range of conditions such as high blood pressure and anxiety.
And businesses can boost their eco-credentials by filling their outdoor space with plants and trees that will allow wildlife to flourish. Demonstrating care for the environment with small changes can have a big impact on attracting and retaining the best talent. Research has already established that businesses are prioritising environmental considerations in their return-to-work strategy. Not only does it create a more positive brand perception but is expected by employees.
There is lots of great commercial outdoor furniture available to extend your workspace. Irrespective of the weather or the limits of your space, we can find you the perfect weather resistant solution.
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