Top tips for a green workspace and a happy team!
Cop26 has shared a spotlight on many areas we need to change - and this includes our workspace. According to the World Economic Forum, buildings account for nearly 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions, 50% of the world’s energy consumption and 40% of raw materials. While existing building stock will require large scale retrofitting to meet net-zero carbon goals, we also need a higher sustainability bar for new buildings.
With many of us heading back to a hybrid working model, there is so much evidence that an office filled with greenery, green views or access to nature dramatically enhances mental health and productivity - not to mention creating a positive planetary impact.
Being green and seeing green are two sides of a coin but according to a recent survey of 2,000 office workers results found 46 per cent believe the introduction of green initiatives in their workplace is an 'afterthought', while six in 10 claim employees are left to take the lead.
And yet research shows that constantly seeing and being around plants helps people feel more calm and relaxed, thus decreasing levels of anxiety. Apparently being around plants, whether at home or work, helps improve memory and attention span by 20 percent and can increase concentration.