“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.”
This is one of the most popular quotes written by Joseph Campbell in his book, ‘A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living.’ Through this quote Campbell has explained how coexisting with nature is essential for humans. Multiple scientific experiments and studies also support this claim and have found that being near nature helps prevent myopia, reduces stress, and improves physical and mental health.
Business leaders can use outdoor spaces on their campus to allow their employees to connect with nature. Not only will such a move come as a pleasant break from the usual indoor, crammed up office spaces but will also benefit the business. Employees will experience improved focus and health conditions while working outdoors, improving their performance at work.
Enhancing training and development experience
According to studies, spending time in nature has proven to improve memory and attention span. Now, one can only imagine how effective an employee training session would be when conducted outdoors. To conduct outdoor training sessions, a business can set up outdoor workshops and seminars under the comfort of smart canopies like HALO Connect. These smart canopies utilize solar energy to charge devices such as laptops and smartphones. The smart canopy serves as a work desk and allows employees to attend training comfortably and ‘smartly.’
Outdoor spaces can also be used to conduct group discussions and open forums, where employees can discuss their challenges, give a shout-out, and critically analyze business problems while breathing in the fresh air and soaking in the sun.
We’re all aware that physical exercise is a necessity for health and brain development. Organizations can arrange sports, exercise, yoga, and other outdoor fitness camps for their employees. Such outdoor activities will promote a stronger team culture too. Starting a work day or week with meditation can be a great start to a fruitful day ahead. Hectic lifestyles hardly leave employees with the time to attend gyms or go for a run on weekdays. Leveraging outdoor spaces in work campus for fitness will allow employees to make the most of their time at work, both personally and professionally.
Increasing consumption of fossil fuels has led to the generation of large volumes of greenhouse gases. Result? Global warming. Businesses can introduce corporate initiatives such as tree plantation as a part of their corporate social responsibility programs. Via such programs, employees can plant saplings in their outdoor campus and create bird feeders too. The backyards of office buildings can eventually become bird refuge and plants can thrive here, given no new construction would be done in that part of the property.
Conducting corporate wellness programs
Employees may suffer from stress and anxiety at their workplace and they struggle to strike a work-life balance. It is important to plan for employees’ holistic well-being. Outdoor spaces in corporate farms can be used for open-air life skill training seminars in association with wellness experts. There can’t possibly be a better ambiance than in an outdoor campus, close to nature when learning to strike a work-life balance. If employees learn to find their calm while in their work campus, they’ll obviously be more productive and cheerful at work desk.
According to the biophilia hypothesis, humans have an innate tendency to connect with nature and other living beings. Hence, our connection with nature is deeply engraved in our psyche. We need to rebuild this connection with nature by integrating and utilizing our outdoor spaces at work. In an age and time where we spend the biggest part of our day at work, we need to do more with our time and space at work too!