Jez Rose from The Good Life Project – experts in healthy offices – shares five ways that you can instantly improve your work days
1 Get growing Research demonstrates that having plants in the workplace increases our productivity and happiness. Try introducing greenery to your desk space, and be sure to take care of it – the act of nurturing allows employees to engage with their office in a positive way.
2 Keep nature in sight In one landmark study, patients who had a view of nature from their hospital bed, as opposed to those who could see a brick wall, recovered from surgery more quickly and required less medication. Rearrange workspaces to make full use of any windows.
3 Let there be light Several studies have revealed how our mood is affected by light – natural daylight is best, but generally, the brighter our environment, the more alert we are. The combination of daylight and fresh air helps elevate our sense of wellbeing and our ability to focus. If possible, avoid using fluorescent lighting.
4 Be inspired by nature Evidence suggests that creating a ‘biophilic’ office – one that promotes our innate desire to be near nature – helps improve creativity and mood. Human beings are stimulated by asymmetrical lines, as found in nature, so opt for natural materials, shapes and colours. Even better, install a living wall.
5 Spend time outdoors Growing evidence suggests that being outside helps to lower stress and anxiety levels, as well as promoting a sense of vitality and connectedness with others. Take walking meetings, arrange a lunchtime running club, or travel to work on foot to clear your head.
Watch the video… The Good Life Project’s Jez Rose and Dr Lynda Shaw have a five-minute chat about the impact of nature on wellbeing
Plus, discover the five best plants for a healthy office here… Lifestyle: Air purifying plants
And read Editor-in-Chief Michelle Ogundehin’s 5 ‘easy wins’ for a happy home in her Trendbulletin 21