Aid Mindfulness with Office Design

Cambridge Dictionary defines mindfulness as ‘the practice of being aware of your body, mind and feelings in the present moment, thought to create a feeling of calm’.

Companies are utilising mindfulness increasingly frequently, to ensure their staff are as present as possible, and therefore, more relaxed.

Moreover, relaxed staff will be happier, experience less stress, and are more productive.

Businesses can aid mindfulness in the workplace, by designing an office that will help employees to remain present and calm.

Here’s how.

Reduce Noise Distraction

Noise distraction is one of the biggest issues when it comes to remaining relaxed and focused in an office environment.

In fact, some studies have shown that workers can lose more than an hour of productive time each day, due to noise distraction.

Furthermore, this distraction contributes to increased stress.

Therefore, the acoustics of your office must be a prime consideration right from the beginning of the design stage.

The finishes on your floors, walls and ceilings have a big effect on how sound bounces around your office, so pick carefully.

To help reduce noise, utilise partitions, plants and other noise absorbing materials.

Relaxing Spaces

Encouraging employees to get some peace and quiet on their breaks is a must.

When your workers are able to take some time out, sit down and simply be in the present, they’ll be far less stressed and much more productive.

However, they need a space conducive to relaxation and mindfulness if this strategy is going to have any impact at all.

This is something that needs to be considered from the outset. For instance, you can integrate a breakout space in your office as a ‘quiet space’.

Alternatively, you might have a meeting room that can be booked in at certain times of the day, for relaxation time.

If this is not possible, there are some fantastic and affordable soundproof chair pods on the market, ideal for quiet relaxation time.

These can complement your existing design, as well as help your staff remain mindful in the workplace on a daily basis.

To discuss your office design, get in touch with Niche Projects here