Creating a Greener Office
Published on Dec 22, 2017
Creating a greener office may be good for the planet and reducing energy costs, but it’s not always comfortable for the employees.
A company trying to be green and save money by reducing Air Conditions cooling levels. what will happen? Cranky employees who complain that it’s too hot and they cannot concentrate. Are the cost savings worth it?
Being green aren’t just having benefit to the company . They also have a direct impact on the employee experience at work. It can effecting directly to the employees productivity.
It’s not enough to just focus on “being green.” When being green effects productivity, the potential negatives quickly overcome the benefits. Instead, look for a balance between having a sustainable office and providing a comfortable physical environment that enables employees to give their best. The challenge is figuring out which green investments will generate the greatest return on investment in terms of employee productivity.
Creating Green That Still Productive
SOme of the green initiatives that can result into a happier, healthier workplace:
- Well-ventilated office
Air quality is a powerful invisible factor inside the workplace. Well-ventilated office, can make employees to be able to think clearly.
- Going green, by putting some green
Whether it’s a wall of plants, or simply a potted plant on a desk, having living plants around the office helps improve air quality, reduce stress and enhance creativity.
- Natural light
With employees spending more time behind computer screens, lighting issues—including flickering light, excessive light, a lack of daylight, and glare—can become a major source of eyestrain and headaches. Improving access to natural light sources can lower electricity bills and create a healthier work environment.
- Smart Office
A variety of smart building technologies are available to help companies improve energy and cost efficiencies. Some systems can automatically adjust air flow to keep carbon dioxide out of the office. Room sensors can detect the presence of employees, automatically adjusting the temperature or lighting so that energy can be conserved in unused rooms.
How to Bring the Outdoors Into the Workplace
Another way to boost productivity while maintaining being green can be achieved by bringing the outdoors into the workplaces. Studies show plants and natural elements increase productivity and well-being. Here are tips to blend the outdoors into your current office design.
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Most employees spend an average of eight hours per day day indoors. But over the years, modern offices and buildings have decreased the number of natural elements inside. Natural light, ventilation and fresh air, plants, views and other assets of the natural world with which have been been replaced by an artificial environment due to efficiency. But it can lead to lack of creativity, productivity, energy and general mood balance. Start putting a plant into your office, can vastly improve the psychological, emotional and physical well-being of employees.
Increase Greenery Throughout Your Office
Plants are commonly used to reduce noise pollution along sideways. Using this same concept, plants in the workplace will change your room’s acoustics by reducing echonin the room. If you place plants in larger areas such as reception spaces containing hardwood floors, open office layouts featuring concrete or marble, or employee lounge areas or cafeterias, they will effectively absorb noises which can be distracting employee productivity.
Plants can also increase oxygen and airflow, making the immediate surroundings feel fresher and more breathable. If you want to reduce stress, and keep your office space healthy and clean, add greenery to your workplace.
Using Walls as Point of Interest
Simply using a mural or tastefully wallpaper, can make bring the feelings of being outdoors without actually bringing in the dirt. These can boost moods on a cold gray day.
Use Natural Materials
Bring in natural materials: wood, stone, and even a water. These can really enhance the feel of nature in the room. Reclaimed wood floors, layered stone hallways or entrances, and reception wall-hugging water fountains are examples of how to introduce natural materials into your existing layout. A note on fountains and other types of water-related décor: they should be admired and enjoyed, but not in the way. If employees and clients have to purposely avoid running into a water feature when walking through your office, the fountain is in the wrong place.
Smell of Freshness
Enhance the smell of your office. One of the quickest ways to trigger a nostalgic longing for the outdoors is the smell of rain, the ocean, or forest leaves. Check into different air fresheners that subtly layer into the room’s atmosphere, yet don’t overpower the office. you can always use the artificial “Nature Scent” but if you are looking for a more organic approach you can also do that. A lot of companies are doing edible gardens in their sunny spaces or on rooftops, and with health conscious employees, participation in them is in high demand. Bring in edible garden plants or herbs that smell good, such as tomato plants, lemon, lavender, or basil, but remember to run a survey with your employees first to note any allergies.
Humans are naturally drawn to nature and prefer to be surrounded by these types of environments, regardless of the types of work they’re executing. Plants neutralize artificial lighting, balance humidity, and regulate temperatures, making your office a more suitable environment to accomplish tasks and projects.