One of the biggest trends in office design in recent years has been the rise of biophilic design. Biophilic design is centered around the idea that humans have an innate desire to feel connected to nature for their own wellbeing. To help fulfill that need and improve employee wellness and productivity, workplaces around the world are not only looking for ways to bring natural touches into the workplace, they’re also looking into creating functional outdoor workspaces.
Nobody enjoys feeling like they’re stuck indoors on a beautiful day and workers often crave changes in scenery throughout the day, whether they’re working alone on a project, collaborating with others, or simply taking some time to socialize. There are many benefits to spending time outside at work which can give workers the boost they need to happier, healthier, and more productive.
When planning an outdoor office space, here are a few key things to keep in mind:
No Patio Furniture
The type of furniture you have at home on your deck or patio might be great for weekend barbeques, but it wasn’t designed with work in mind. Look for outdoor seating that encourages good posture and will be comfortable whether a person is stopping by an outdoor cafe for a quick, ten-minute break or an hour-long brainstorming session.
Access to Resources
Mobile devices have made it easier to work from anywhere, but batteries can only last so long. It’s only a matter of time before someone will need to charge a device. Access to electrical outlets is essential for any space being used for work. Some pieces of furniture designed for outdoor office spaces offer built-in integration with power, making it easy to stay connected. Also, don’t forget to make sure the office Wi-Fi extends far enough to cover your outdoor spaces. Extra lighting may also be a necessity.
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Durability is Key
Outdoor furniture gets exposed to a lot, so make sure you choose pieces that are capable of withstanding the elements and can easily be cleaned when necessary. But your durable furniture doesn’t necessarily mean looking utilitarian. There are many styles of outdoor tables and chairs which are both durable, modern and sophisticated in design.
Made in the Shade
Natural light is a wonderful thing, but too much of it can cause problems when you’re trying to work outside. Look for ways to create shade, whether it’s by planting trees or putting up awnings or umbrellas. Not only will it help reduce glare on electronic devices and protect your workers from the sun’s damaging rays, it will help keep your outdoor spaces comfortable on hot, sunny days.
Outdoor office spaces help reduce stress, promote social connection, and offer an effective way to recharge mental batteries, making them a real asset to any company. They also help maximize your available space by turning areas that would otherwise be purely ornamental into functional areas where meaningful work can occur. By keeping these tips in mind, you and your employees will both be able to enjoy all the benefits outdoor office spaces have to offer.