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How Can Your Workplace Keep You Motivated?

At some point, we’ve all struggled through a mundane day or two at the office.

New research has provided an insight into the possible reasons for this, revealing that the environment we work in has a big impact on how we function and how well we process information.

The study, which was published in the Environmental Health Perspectives Journal, found that green buildings have a positive effect on our cognitive function, meaning we’re better at taking in information.

What are green buildings?

Green buildings are those that are resource efficient and energy saving. This type of design is increasing in popularity now that the link between air quality and productivity has been recognised.

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While we wait for our offices to be turned in to green resource machines, there are a number of small, biophilic-friendly steps we can take to keep productivity levels up:

  • Keep the office clean and open the windows every once in a while – this will significantly improve air quality
  • Be mindful of the temperature. Like Goldie Locks was with her porridge – not too hot, not too cold, but just right
  • Make use of natural lighting where possible – it is pleasing to the eye and it also helps keep your workforce healthy and happy
  • Eliminate unnecessary noise and minimise other distractions – try to refrain from chatting with colleagues at your desk, use a break room instead
  • Introduce a plant or two – they make the world of difference when it comes to absorbing poor air and workplace engagement


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