Designer and taste-maker Melanie Falvey writes in Thrive Global that creating the perfect environment at your office is fundamental for you to start thriving, being happier, more focused and relaxed. According to Melanie, beautiful surroundings make us happier, more creative and productive. So if our surrounding is one of the factors that make employees happy, then what are the things that we, as employers, should consider installing at work environment?
Provide fresh air to your employees. Have you ever been in a meeting room that smells weird? Or a cabinet that can totally give you a migraine if you stayed there for too long? Suddenly, running out of those rooms give a sigh of relief and instantly make you feel better?
Turns out that the air that we breathe has a significant influence on our work quality and our employees’ productivity. Study after study has shown that the amount of ventilation, or fresh outdoor air brought inside, is a critical determinant of health. Good ventilation has been shown to reduce sick building syndrome symptoms, cut absenteeism, and even reduce infectious disease transmission.
Make sure you arrange a good ventilation at your workplace. Your employees will thank you for it! Plus fresh air comes free of cost, so why not?
Next, bring in greenery. From making employees feel calmer and relaxed, to increasing their productivity, studies have repeatedly indicated the importance of placing plants in a working environment. According to different studies, there are several reasons why greenery is good, starting from making people feel calmer and more relaxed, to finishing with employees’ productivity.
It is proven, that those who work in environments with natural elements, such as greenery and sunlight, report a 6% higher level of productivity than those who do not have the same connection to nature within their work-space.
With plants, comes the need for the sun! So, let the sunshine in!
There have actually been different studies that prove efficiency and effectiveness of natural light. For instance, it has been proven that office workers with windows had better night sleep; they are more creative and 40% more productive.
So, give your employees fresh air, bring in some greenery and large windows for the sunlight to beam in! Voila! You not only have more productive employees, but you also have them without making a hole in your pocket!
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