The way we define the workplace is rapidly changing. With flexi-time and remote access making our relationship with the office much more fluid, employers are making efforts to create workspaces that inspire employees and keep them keen to come into work each morning.
Almost all office work we do can now be accessed remotely, which means the workplace is increasingly acting as a creative hub, where employees come together to come up with fresh ideas and collaborate with colleagues in a shared space.
With this brand new role, the benefits of incorporating biophilic design in future workplaces are clear. As we discovered, those who work in environments with natural elements, such as greenery and sunlight, reported a 15% higher level of creativity than those with no connection to nature.
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Many employers have already taken heed of this. Internet giant, Google, has created a jumble of co-working spaces, snugs, and gardens at their London HQ; spaces that are open and flexible in their use, which bring the best of the outside to the inside.
Inspirational design at Google has made sure that the workplace is still at the heart of the organisation.
At the headquarters of Innocent Drinks, the aptly named Fruit Towers, there is a similar emphasis on unconventional design. With a picnic area as a workspace, a ground floor carpeted in fake grass, a diner-style meeting room and a terrace, the company embraces the possibilities offered by creative design.
With biophilic design, organisations across the world have the potential to reclaim the office as a place for connected, 21st century employees to thrive.
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