Happiness should not be underestimated
For employers, having a happy, productive working environment is not only pivotal to running a successful business, but also effects potential employees’ decision to join a company.
As the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals that the productivity of the UK workforce is lower that it was in 2007, outlining an “unprecedented absence” of growth since World War Two, we take a look at the recent dip in productivity and why more access to natural elements could be the answer to attracting and retaining the highest calibre of staff.
There’s a growing body of research that demonstrates how biophilic design, or access to natural elements can improve well-being, such as the new Human Spaces report. The Global Impact of Biophilic Design in the Workplace, which was commissioned by global modular flooring experts, Interface and led by Organisational Psychologist, Professor Sir Cary Cooper, really shines a light on the positive impact natural elements can have on productivity and creativity in a workplace.
Biophilia describes our innate attraction to nature and natural processes, and the many benefits that stem from its connection. With nearly half of workers studied reporting having no access to natural light and almost two thirds saying they have no live plants in the office, it is something which employees around the world are currently lacking.
This is definitely something that needs to change if employers want to improve staff mental and physical health, and there’s good reason for them to do so. The Global Human Spaces report found that employees who work in environments with elements such as natural light and live plants, report a 15% higher level of well-being, are 6% more productive and 15% more creative overall.
It is evident from statistics such as this that a purpose-designed office environment that incorporates biophilic elements can be effective in improving employee perception. These are valuable statistics when one considers that 90% of typical businesses operating costs are in staff salaries and benefits.