An indoor garden with a variety of plants and an ornamental water feature will give your employees some positive vibes
WE spend more than half of our waking hours at work, probably attending meeting after meeting, and often stuck in our little cubicles. It’s akin to being in an assembly line.
Some of us find joy in this necessary part of being useful citizens but the rest merely tolerate it.
Is it any wonder then that terms like “Monday morning blues” and “Thank God it’s Friday” still persist?
But it's not really anyone’s fault. Blame it on the system that segregates work from play. Work is serious. Work is a vital chore to earn a living.
Everyone celebrates the separation of work and play. It’s carved in stone. The mass media contributes to this by reminding people to “party hard” when the weekend comes and to “bear with it” when Monday arrives.
Even employers can’t escape this mentality because they were once workers themselves and believe that that is the way things are done.
All these suggest symptoms of a wholly negative attitude towards work, and lead to a never-ending struggle between work-related stress and the constant search by employers for ways to motivate their staff.
How about work and play?
Changing mindsets is not so simple. Making work fun is not about bringing out the party hats once a month and having casual Fridays, though many have tried.
Moreover, motivating employees is more than pep talks or salary raises.
You can’t just point to someone and demand he or she be motivated.
Self-motivated employees are therefore rare and in demand. We know that cultivating an office culture that’s charged with creativity, good ethics and diligence takes more than cheap strategies and instant formulas.
A culture evolves through time, highly dependent on its immediate environment.
Very few companies have successfully infused their work places with a balance of natural elements, but those that do reap the benefits of having loyal and motivated employees.
So how do you begin to transform your work environment into one in which your employees feel charged, comfortable and inspired?
Garden in an office
The simple answer, I believe, is literally changing your office environment.
Studies have shown the positive benefits of having plants in the workplace.
Here are some common areas in an office that can be improved.
Similar to an entrance feature to a building, the environment greeting workers and visitors sets the tone for the rest of the building.
The entrance may be a common reception area or the lift lobby area leading to the office.
Giving out positive vibes the moment your employees enter is more potent than any pep talk will accomplish.
Entrances are generally large enough to accommodate an exotic garden display complete with water features and other positive sculptures.
The gathering place for employees is an important morale-booster.
By providing sufficient space and amenities within the office for employees to take a break and interact, you reduce their frequent visits out of the office.
Some common communal areas are the pantry, recreation room or even a roof garden.
Investing in a refreshing garden setup allows employees a brief yet beneficial distraction from their duties.
There are a variety of plants that thrive indoors. Place these plants all around your office to literally create a sight for sore eyes.
You may even include an ornamental water feature for that soothing sound of trickling water, adding to the positive vibes among the employees.