How a green company can help increase your company retention
People can make or break your company. If you want a well functioning company it is beneficial to create a healthy work environment for your employees. Not only will they be thankful for it, your company retention will increase. During Covid-19 employees were forced to work from home. Not surprisingly, this was a major factor in why many workers are rethinking their employment situation. Research from Robert Half finds that nearly 4 in 10 professionals surveyed (38%) feel their career has stalled since the start of the crisis.
The benefits of a green office
Have you ever noticed when you enter a workplace with plants that you instantly feel more at ease? At Exeter University psychologists studied this concept for 10 years and concluded that employees who engage with their surroundings tend to achieve a greater output and have an easier time staying focused. There are a wide range of benefits to following green office tips that businesses will enjoy after instituting green practices. Some of the most impactful benefits to having a green office environment include:
Reduction of sick days
A lot of offices have poor ventilation which can affect your team in becoming sick. Think of syndromes such as headaches, difficulty concentrating and even nausea. Plants naturally filter toxins from the rooms that they grow in and help freshen up the place. Even if plants alone cannot fix all of the problems, they create the feeling of greenery which can help relieve the burden and this will resonate in an immediate effect on the reduction of sick days.
Keep the stress levels down
Returning back to the office can cause a big adjustment for your employees who are used to being at home without distraction from others to work (besides a roommate or partner). Plants can help absorb background noise and reduce stress levels. Background noise is often an issue of improvement at offices.
Also since plants are natural, they offer a relaxing and comfortable touch to any space and especially to your office. Studies have shown that green space design elements helped staff reduce stress and enabled them to complete their work better.
But who can think of a solution if you don’t have an office manager? It’s not a huge challenge but it can make a huge difference for your employees' work performance. By involving a third party you could let them come up with new ideas. At blackbear our Solvers are ready to do research for your assignment.
Increase in productivity and focus
So the benefits of office greenery are multifold. So, it's not surprising that these benefits will also help increase productivity and replenish focus. People are attracted to spaces with biophilic designs. Overall workplace happiness improves when natural elements are introduced. Staff that is happy with their work environment and who stand behind the practices of their businesses, will be inspired to work hard and fully contribute to achieve overall goals.
But how do you implement it into your business? And do you have time to arrange a green office? Or do you have some questions about your work environment in general?
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