Natural elements in workplace affect well-being, productivity and creativity

Resource / Natural elements in workplace affect well-being, productivity and creativity

By Laura Picot / 05 May 2015

The Human Spaces report into The Global Impact of Biophilic Design in the Workplace shows that importance of the relationship between individuals in the workplace and their environment on how they feel, perform and interact with others. Key findings from the study involving 7,600 office workers from 16 countries were:

  • Employees who work in environments with natural elements report a 15% higher level of well-being, are 6% more productive and 15% more creative overall.
  • 33% of global respondents stated that office design would unequivocally affect their decision whether or not to work somewhere.
  • Lack of natural light was linked to increased levels of employee stress.
  • Globally 47% of office employees have no natural light in their working environment and 58% have no live plants in their workspace.

Commenting on the research findings, Professor Sir Cary Cooper, said: “The benefit of design inspired by nature, known as biophilic design, is accumulating evidence at a rapid pace. Looking at a snapshot of global working environments, up to one in five people have no natural elements within their workspace and alarmingly nearly 50% of workers have no natural light. Yet a third of us say that workplace design would affect our decision to join a company. There’s a big disparity here and one that hints at workplace design only recently rising to prominence as a crucial factor.

“As well as enabling organizations to make links between their physical spaces and the performance of their people, this study throws light on one of the defining challenges of modern life – our ability to cope with urbanization and loss of connection with green spaces.”

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