Workplace Design With the Environment in Mind

Workplace design is one of the most influential tools which can be used to help achieve business goals. The power of space to influence our energy, interaction, health, and drive is tremendous.

Not surprisingly, when we discuss the workplace of the future – sustainable design tools, products and services are quickly identified innovative solutions to help organize and implement a new way of working – with increasingly positive results to an organization’s bottom line.

How exactly do environmentally conscious choices affect your business? We’re glad you asked!

Socially. 

Now that employees (and executives alike) are logging more hours at the office than ever before, they have become more immediately linked to the company they work for. For this reason, employees are more likely to enjoy more job satisfaction when they are working with an organization aligned to their own personal belief systems. Workplace sustainability instills a pride in the workforce and demonstrates an organization’s commitment to “walk the walk”.

Economically. 

Sustainable workplaces help to improve productivity, reduce operational costs (through energy cost savings), and eliminate waste (using renewable and recyclable materials while also integrating actual recycling programs).

Environmentally. 

Sustainable workplaces respect the planet. To ensure you are choosing design solutions that truly take environmental impact seriously, consider the following:

  • Shop Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) Certified

Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) runs Australia’s only independent, not-for-profit, multi-sector ecolabelling program. The organizations certification program has developed standards by which products and services are independently audited to ensure minimal environmental impact while also taking personal health and wellness, and social ramifications into consideration. By choosing GECA certified products, you are making socially and environmentally sustainable choices for your workplace that make a world of difference.

  • Do Good Business With ISO 14001 Certified Companies

ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems (EMS) provide an integrated approach to environmental management. Put environmental management at the top of your sustainability goals in order to achieve success while reducing your environmental impact.

At the end of the day, sustainable design in the workplace – is just good business. It allows you to reduce costs, increase employee health and grow your business by building a reputation that positions you as a sustainability champion!

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Bringing (Plant) Life To Your Workplace

Evidence speaking to the benefits of integrating plants into the workplace is boundless. Not only do plants enhance the overall appearance in the office, but they can also reduce stress and eliminate air pollutants. A healthy, happy workplace is also more productive. In addition, plants in the office can provide screening or a pleasant focal point.

There are numerous types of office friendly plants that can be integrated into a workplace, depending on your space and specific needs. The best plans for an office are those which require little care. After all, you have a business to run, and not everyone was born with a green thumb.

Some good beginner plants for the workplace include:

  • Pothos – These plants adjust well to a variety of office conditions, from low light levels to brighter ones. This easy-care plant, with heart-shaped, white-splotched leaves makes a lovely addition sitting on a desk, shelf or table.
  • Philodendrons – Philodendrons are predominantly climbing plans, which makes them great for adding height to small areas. Sit them on filing cabinets or in hanging baskets. These plants are easy to grow and suitable for a wide range of indoor conditions. What’s also handy about the philodendron, is that it can withstand occasional neglect, making it an excellent plant for surviving long weekends or extended office closures.
  • Spider plant– The spider plant is not only one of the most esthetically interesting office plants with its small spiderettes hanging down, it’s also one of the easiest plants to grow indoors. Place the spider plant in a high spot for all to admire.
  • Snake plant – The snake plant makes a huge statement in the office. It has attractive sword-like leaves that can grow to become quite tall, making it excellent for focal interest or screening purposes.
  • Cactus plants– When all else fails, there’s the trusty cactus. Just be sure to keep it located where no one is likely to be stuck. There are many types to choose from, all of which are certain to spark conversation.

When introducing plant life into your workplace, it’s good to keep placement spaced out and balanced to allow for optimal benefits. A good rule to follow is to distribute one plant or arrangement of greenery per workspace. Introducing a green landscape into your office is sure to have your entire workplace, breathing easy!

 

 

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