As you know, satisfied and happy employees are a key facet of successful businesses. What you may not know, is that an outdoor space can increase your employees’ productivity. This phenomenon is called biophilia. First introduced by Edward O. Wilson in 1984, the term describes how humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other living things (as Forbes notes in their recent article)
For most new construction, the focus is on the appearance of the exterior and the function of the internal spaces, while creating functional outdoor spaces tends to be overlooked. However, being outdoors can reduce stress, enhance creativity and increase productivity. The cold winter weather might have you staying indoors, but now is the perfect time to start planning for spring! Plus Brilar can help take the burden off keeping these areas manicured for you. Here is an example of how a few companies, such as Groove and Linked In, created an outdoor space that is both functional and beautiful. If you want to enhance your commercial property, you should consider the following:
Provide Shaded Seating
People generally prefer to be outside when the weather is good, especially after being cooped up during the cold winter. However, rain and intense sun can take the enjoyment out of the experience, so provide shade whenever possible. By being proactive, you can have a nice shaded area waiting for them when the snow melts away. Also, how is your space going to be used? As additional workspace, for lunches, for meetings? Designing a space that is as functional as it is beautiful will help maximize usage.
If the outdoor space isn’t properly maintained, few people will want to venture outside. Schedule regular maintenance based on how fast weeds tend to spring up in various seasons, and whether or not littering is a continuous problem. No one likes to spend time in a place strewn with empty cups, bottles, and wrappers.
Consider Traffic Flow
Does the outdoor space open out onto a street or sidewalk? Is this an area that people must pass through to get to other essential parts of the building? Take this into consideration when designing the outdoor space. If this is a retail store or café, you may lose the passersby customer base you previously attracted.
Creating a functional outdoor space is a great way to prevent overcrowding inside the building while allowing customers and employees to enjoy the great outdoors. To take advantage of these benefits, contact Brilar by calling 248-949-2172 or emailing us today!