Bringing Nature to Your Office Space

There are many ways to bring small portions of nature to work, to influence mood, performance and health. Research has proven repeatedly that access to the outdoor views, fresh air and plants improves employees’ wellbeing. Interacting with natural elements indoors improves productivity. Who doesn’t want that, at a cost that is almost free!

Here are some effortless ways to achieve bringing the outdoors into your immediate workplace.

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Plants

Adding plants to the workspace is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety. It’s relaxing to care for a growing flower and observe its’ growth and changes. They filter air pollution. A bonus, they are noise mufflers. Who wants to hear gossip? To enable your attention to increase, simply provide your desk with a potted plant. Make sure it’s one that thrives in a cubicle.

 

Relaxing desktop waterfall

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Table Top Water Fountain

The tranquility of flowing water relaxes the mind, body and spirit. Create a representation of nature indoors by using water floaters with free flowing water. This can be placed on a table and looking at it may remind you of Niagara Falls.

 

Natural Aromatherapy

Nature is full of very pleasant aromas. They not only make the environment pleasing, they are full of chemicals that enhance thinking, mood, immune system, and more. Two examples supported by research are as follows:

  • Peppermint oil which increases attention while decreasing physical and mental fatigue.
  • Lavender, which increases calmness.

Try adding a few drops of their oils to enhance your mood.

 

View Wildlife Via Live Streaming

Next time your take a break, take time to live stream some nature on your computer.

You could watch live video from zoos such as the Tiger Cam from the San Diego Safari Park. Another could be Animal Planet Live, where you can watch puppies, kittens, pandas, and more. One can find lots of “love cams” to watch on your desktop that will bring you closer to the natural world.

 

Summary

There are a range of ways that you can incorporate the natural world into your work environment, through reality or virtually. No matter how you do it, you will likely find that just the ability to look at something other than your spreadsheets, emails and wireframes throughout the day will make your day brighter and more productive.

 

Where We “Come In”

Using Program Leader will become your “second nature.” This is software for keeping your projects and programs done on time, on budget, and meeting performance specifications. Just like nature, it’s easy, accessible, and efficient. It will minimize your planning and control effort thereby allowing you the time to take in the outdoors that you’ve brought inside to your desk. Try a free 30-day risk-free trial now!

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