Incorporating the Outdoors in your Workplace

Have you ever noticed how much calmer you are, how clear your mind becomes after a stroll in the park or a hike in the mountains? Wouldn’t it be great to experience that feeling more often than just on weekends or after work?

Incorporating the outdoors into your workplace

We live in the beautiful state of Colorado, and yet we often find ourselves confined in a stuffy, artificially lit cubicle for 40+ hours a week. It’s no surprise that at times our creativity and motivation are stifled after spending the majority of our day indoors.

Author Richard Louv says, “Incorporating natural elements into the exterior and interior design of a building improves psychological and physical health, creativity, and productivity.”

Working outside, or at the very least, incorporating some outdoor elements into your daily work life has a great deal of benefits. In fact, studies have revealed that nature can help alleviate mental fatigue by calming and restoring the mind – ultimately improving both workplace performance and employee satisfaction.

Not only does incorporating outdoor benefits into your workplace alleviate mental fatigue, it also reduces stress.

Here are a few ways you can incorporate the outdoors into your work environment:

  • Add outdoors seating. By taking a break or eating lunch outside, you can benefit from Colorado’s 300 days of sunshine per year. The sun is known for not only helping you get your daily dose of vitamin D, but it’s known to improve a person’s mood.
  • Water features have multiple benefits. The trickling sound of water can help reduce stress and calm employees. The moving water also adds humidity to the air, which is great for Colorado’s climate.
  • Take your meetings outside. Researchers at Stanford University found that a person’s creative output increased by an average of 60% when walking outdoors compared to sitting. Note: both Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg have been known to hold walking meetings.

Whether it’s eating outside or taking a stroll to unwind, incorporating the outdoors in your everyday workplace can help employees in many ways.