People are inherently attracted to the outdoors, so it’s no surprise that employee wellbeing goes up when nature provides the backdrop for work. In office design, we often look for ways to bring the outside in — adding biophilia to the workplace through plants and trees, or using natural materials and lighting. But, what if designers also worked on bringing the inside out? With health and wellness as a top concern for employers, embracing the benefits of getting outside and investing in great outdoor workspaces can have far-reaching and long-lasting benefits for the organization.
We have a few ideas for how those spaces might look.
Researchers have long known that exposure to nature can improve and protect our overall health, particularly our mental health. Spending time outside has clear advantages for the emotional and cognitive comfort of workers and their employers:
What should these rejuvenating outdoor workspaces look like? The settings can be as varied and versatile as the breakout spaces inside the office, with some areas designed for focused solo work — the quiet oasis, and others for relaxed group work — the casual gathering place.
With spring around the corner nearly everywhere, the time is ripe to update outdoor workspaces to promote employee connections, wellbeing and renewal.
Quiet Focus. When the weather’s nice, why not choose a calming outdoor focus space? Individual settings like this allow for quiet work with the sounds of nature as a backdrop.
Rejuvenation station. Create a mix of outdoor seating and conversation options for individuals and small groups to safely sit, rejuvenate, and relax in a comfortable, socially distanced environment.
Inside out. Quick access to the indoors is a prime feature of this inviting rooftop deck, equipped with the EMU Heaven table and chairs. Make your restful place to regroup and recharge right outside the office.
Looking for more outdoor office design ideas? See our EMU Outdoor Collection.
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