Working alongside nature
Humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. It’s called biophilia, and there’s a growing body of evidence suggesting that it has a genetic basis. Lots of research has supported the belief that exposure to nature can promote psychological and physical wellbeing. E.O Wilson, who coined the term ‘biophilia’, even goes so far as to say that our affinity for the natural world “holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.” We’ve explored the benefits of harnessing this innate connection to nature in the context of the workspace, namely by having plants in your office.
Space to breathe
Plants create fresh air and make you happy. We know they remove carbon dioxide. Now NASA scientists have also discovered that plants remove other chemicals like benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde too. Don’t worry, we don’t know exactly what these are either. All you need to know is they make office air cleaner for staff to breathe, which has a direct effect on your wellbeing.
Creating calm and sparking ideas
The best ideas come when you’re comfortable in and inspired by your surroundings. Studies show reduced incidences of stress and boosted efficiency among workers surrounded by plants. They also promote productivity and memory retention. According to colour psychology, the colour green alone is believed to relieve stress and help heal. Indeed, perhaps due to its association with nature, green is described as a refreshing and calming color. It conjures images of lush green grass, trees, and forests.
Step out into the light
Light and scent are key in the optimum working space. You’ll rack up a hefty bill if you keep replacing plants due to insufficient natural light, and that’s not to mention your sleepy and unfocused employees. A room that’s light, fresh and airy not only smells good, but also makes it easier to cultivate healthy plant life. Looking after your work ‘garden’ is conducive to an office odour that’s floral and fresh. Reduce the stresses associated with modern living and being part of a generation suffering from so-called nature deficit disorder. Base yourself in a workspace with plenty of natural light and happy plants.
Practise what you preach
An environment without greenery is unnatural. So don’t expect to work well in such a space. Think rooftops for outdoor meetings and plenty of pots inside – you’ll find all of this and more at Uncommon workspaces. The placement of plants in our workspaces help to make you feel good in more ways than one:
- They clean the air
- They alleviate stress
- They boost creativity and efficiency
- They look attractive
- They smell good
Consider the environment your trusty team are working in. From improved lighting, scent, and enhanced wellbeing, plants bring many benefits to a workspace. That’s why we bring green spaces to worker bees in the urban jungle that is our capital.
Uncommon takes pride in helping businesses thrive. Our workspaces are designed to boost efficiency and reduce stress. Every single detail helps create an environment in which you can feel good about where and how you work. Visit our locations in Borough, Highbury & Islington, Fulham, and Liverpool Street to experience our unique vision of working life across London.