To increase productivity and creativity in environments, it is best not to forget about contact with nature. The tendency is to put biophilia to work.
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According to a report released by the World Green Building Council (WGBC), prepared in partnership with consulting firm JLL, contact with environments that value natural elements improves health, well-being and productivity.
The paper, which has reviewed hundreds of research on environment and productivity, wants to prove that investing in projects that value biophilia is the best deal for those looking to have healthier employees.
Biophilia comes from the Greek bios, life and philia, love.
This ancient feeling, which is activated when we come in contact with sounds of running water, sunlight or the presence of plants, makes people happy and fulfilled.
Recently, the term has gained fluency in architecture and urbanism.
One of the studies cited in the report reveals that employees with office windows sleep an average of 46 minutes longer than others.
In addition to the quality of sleep, which influences even their physical form and consequent self-esteem, they also scored better in efficiency tests.
Windows aren't good just for the light they let in. The sight they offer works like invigorating mental breaks that relieve stress and stimulate creativity.
And leaving them open improves oxygenation, which improves collective performance by 8%.
If the moment prevents a move to addresses with these characteristics, or plan a renovation that opens the walls for more light and air, know that simple attitudes already promote improvement.
So if you want the maximum return from your team, put a fern in place of the flip chart.
Office plants reduce anxiety by 37%, depression by 58%, hostility by 44% and fatigue by 38%.