In office design, we often look for ways to bring the outside in—through the placement of plants and trees and the use of natural materials and natural lighting. People are inherently attracted to the out-of-doors. Worker wellbeing goes up when nature provides the backdrop.
So, what if designers also worked on bringing the inside out? What if employers embraced the benefits of getting outside and invested in great outdoor workspaces for their people?
We have a few ideas for how those spaces might look—and how they can benefit the organization.
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 workers and their employers:
What should these rejuvenating outdoor workspaces look like? The settings can really 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 or even hands-on collaboration—the casual gathering place.
Now that spring is bursting on the scene nearly everywhere, the time is ripe to update outdoor workspaces to promote employee connections, wellbeing and renewal.
Rejuvenation station: This café-style setting provides an easy mix of contemporary outdoor chairs and conversation options for individuals and small groups. It features the EMU Re-Trouvé pouf, EMU Round tables, EMU Heaven café armchair and EMU Ivy sofa.
Inside out: Ready access to the indoors is a prime feature of this inviting rooftop deck, equipped with the EMU Heaven table and chairs. A restful place to regroup and recharge, right outside the office.
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