The Human Spaces report into The Global Impact of Biophilic Design in the Workplace has today revealed that employees who work in environments with natural elements report a 15% higher level of well-being, are 6% more productive and 15% more creative overall.
The study of 7,600 office workers, in 16 countries, examined the impact of the physical office environment on employee well-being. Commissioned by global modular flooring experts, Interface and led by Organizational Psychologist, Professor Sir Cary Cooper, the report concluded office design was so important to workers that a third (33%) of global respondents stated it would unequivocally affect their decision whether or not to work somewhere.
Despite city dominated lives, the research found workers have an inherent affinity to elements that reflect nature and lack of natural light was linked to increased levels of employee stress. Yet, globally, nearly half (47%) of office employees have no natural light in their working environment, and almost two thirds (58%) have no live plants in their workspace.
Commenting on the research findings, Professor Sir Cary Cooper, said: “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% 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.
“As well as enabling organizations to make links between their physical spaces and the performance of their people, this study throws light on one of the defining challenges of modern life – our ability to cope with urbanization and loss of connection with green spaces.”
Find out more about the global report here