Research has shown that offices featuring more connections to nature had a more positive impact on workers’ well-being than offices without those connections to nature. For property owners or employers interested in creating a more hospitable office environment, adding a touch of the outdoors can be a highly effective way to do so. Workers who feel more comfortable and happier at work also tend to be more productive, so a hint of nature indoors can be a great way to boost productivity in an unobtrusive way.
For example, simply choosing a color scheme for the office that reflects natural elements such as earth tones and greens can help create a subtle connection to nature. Many offices choose to add a natural touch by using indoor planters, where plants and trees can bring some life to indoor spaces. A living green wall made of hanging plants can introduce some natural touches to a lobby or meeting room. A water feature such as a fountain or waterfall brings a literal splash of nature into the office, along with its calming visual effect and soothing soundscape.
Some of the methods offices can use to bring nature indoors also have the bonus of making the office more energy efficient. For example, lowering cubicle walls and using glass partitions permits more natural daylight, which not only improves an office’s connection to nature but also reduces the amount of energy used for artificial lighting. LED lighting is more natural feeling and energy efficient than harsh fluorescent lights.