We often hear the phrase that humans are the product of their genes and their environment. As working professionals, our environment revolves around a building or office for much if our lives. Can the buildings that we work impact us as well?
A recent survey from Capital One found that 82% of professionals believe that companies need an innovative office space to engage employees. It turns out that building design and office environments can have various effects on the way we think, feel and behave. This comes from a new field of research known as architectural psychology that explores how we interact with the built environment.
Research studies have found our building environments can have positive and negative effects on mental health and overall well-being. A well-designed office space and building can make it easy for people to collaborate, think creatively, and overall feel better about where they’re working.
From lighting and wall color to windows and green spaces, there are a number of elements that impact how we think and feel. A few of these design features and benefits include:
- Natural light through windows can improve sleep quality.
- Blue interiors have been shown to boost studying and concentration.
- Curved lines in buildings can reduce stress.
If you’re looking for new office space, it is important to consider the elements of a building and how it can impact you, your team, and your business as a whole. For some insight, BigRentz put together an infographic that explores the positive benefits of building design on workers and the features that managers and HR professionals should incorporate in their office.