Biophilic Office Spaces: Workplace Garden
The benefits of biophilic office design are well proven – it reduces stress and improves job performance. If you already work in a great green space, here’s a little something to take it to the next level.
Yes, gardening at the office! Believe it or not, it’s a new trend that’s really catching on and having a positive impact. Corporate gardens started popping up in California but have now been emerging all over the country.
Benefits on Many Levels
A company garden offers so many benefits. It really gives you a lot of bang for your buck, so to speak, as far as supporting employee wellness. It’s easy to take a 15-20 minute break to enjoy some fresh air, work with your hands, and contribute towards a community project. Plus, you’re growing food! It brings a sense of satisfaction that’s not limited to your 9-5 duties.
Studies show that spending time around plants can increase memory retention by up to 20%! It also improves focus and productivity. These mental benefits plus the physical activity make gardening at work the perfect pick me up for that afternoon slump.
A workplace garden also helps with team building and gives employees a chance to socialize casually. From picking the plants to splitting up the care-taking, it’s an exercise in group dynamics. Collectively, decide if you will share the harvest among yourselves or donate occasionally to a food bank. Make gardening a part of community outreach by dropping off fresh produce to volunteer organizations for distribution.
You don’t have to devote a lot of space right away- start small with some herbs or easy vegetables. Container gardening works for small spaces. Because growing food combines so many benefits into one activity, it can make a huge impact on employee wellness and morale. An outdoor garden space is a great addition to your workplace and employees will love it.