A recent study that examined the impact of the physical office environment on employee well-being, 'The Human Spaces report into The Global Impact of Biophilic Design', has made a connection between office design and employee productivity and well-being.
The study, led by organisational psychologist Professor Sir Cary Cooper and commissioned by modular flooring experts Interface, shows that workers employed in work environments with natural elements are 6% more productive, 15% more creative, and report a 15% higher level of well-being.
With 7,600 workers across 16 countries surveyed, the Human Spaces study is one of the largest of its kind and highlights the importance of providing workers with workplaces featuring natural elements.
One of the most revealing findings of the study was that office design is so important that 33% of global respondents stated that it would influence their decision to work somewhere. Office design was most important in India (67%), followed by Indonesia (62%), and the Philippines (60%).
Some of the other revealing findings include linking a lack of natural light to employee stress, with an alarming 47% of global respondents having no natural light in their work environments and 32% of Canadian workers surveyed having no windows in their workplaces.
"The benefit of design inspired by nature, known as biophilic design, is accumulating evidence at a rapid pace. Looking at a snapshot of global working environments, up to one in five people have no natural elements within their workspace and alarmingly nearly 50 per cent of workers have no natural light. Yet a third of us say that workplace design would affect our decision to join a company. There's a big disparity here and one that hints at workplace design only recently rising to prominence as a crucial factor," commented Professor Sir Cary Cooper.