In a world of accelerating stress, distraction, and pace, the need for peace of mind during the workday is becoming increasingly important. Nearly every office worker faces a daily barrage of emails, messages, phone calls, texts, and board meetings, pulling their focus and attention in multiple directions at once. This why more and more New Zealand businesses are finding creative ways to incorporate mindfulness in their workplace through spatial design.
Fortunately, creating greater mindfulness in your office can be achieved through some simple, savvy design decisions. All it takes is a commitment to the wellbeing of your staff and a willingness to rethink how your office space affects their attitudes. Keep reading below to learn how.
1. Meditation spaces
Meditation spaces are rapidly gaining popularity in the corporate office zones. These are essentially calming spaces where workers can decompress and clear their heads for a few minutes to improve their focus and thinking. These spaces should not be confused with private offices, where workers bring the laptops or files to do their normal work in a slightly more comfortable setting. Meditation spaces should require that work be left at the door, so that workers can exist free of all pressures and stresses for a few minutes. These spaces are often designed with calming colours and comfortable furniture.
2. Visible seclusion
Most office designers agree that the open plan office design has been positive for productivity and connectivity in the workplace. However, many workers find the exposure of open plan offices intimidating. This is particularly true for more introverted employees. While a return to the age of cubicles seems unlikely, the tactful application of partitions in the workplace can help some employees find a sense of privacy, improving overall focus and mindfulness.
What do you smell in your office? A nearby coffee, perhaps? The smell of warm paper from the printer? Office plants can act as natural filters, increasing oxygen levels and preventing the space from feeling stuffy. Additionally, essential oils can evoke relaxation, alertness, content, or other moods that would be most beneficial to your workspace.
4. Acoustic pods
Acoustic pods are soundproofed spaces where employees can work free of audible distractions. Even ambient office noise can greatly hinder collaboration and communication, exacerbating stress. This issue has grown more prevalent in the age of open plan offices. Managing noise levels in your office is possible with tactfully placed sound barriers and spatial planning, but eliminating noise altogether is impossible. Therefore, available quiet spaces like acoustic pods offer a welcome escape from the distractions of the office.
Textures might seem like an odd factor to consider when encouraging mindfulness in your office, but they do matter. Sleek and sterile white walls and glass doors can have a nearly dehumanising effect on those surrounded by them. Course fabrics on office furniture, rough walls such as exposed brick, stone, or unpolished wood, and heavy curtains all make your workspace seem more organic, cozy, and inviting.
Make your office a mindful one
Mindfulness is an achievable goal for any office. With the right interior designer, you can transform your workspace into one where every employee can find their zen, boost productivity without losing their sanity. Contact DB Interiors today to start your office down the path to mindfulness.