Think Outside The Office
Research continues to show us the benefits of outdoor work environments. Even before the pandemic, we saw an upward trajectory for exterior workspace design and that trend is only getting stronger. Here are a few ways you can think outside the office and give people what they need to thrive.
What Makes The Great Outdoors Great?
The fresh oxygen, sun's warmth and the whispering wind tell you all you need to know. Nature makes people happy and happy people are more productive. When people are working and learning outside they are more engaged, relaxed and the creative juices just keep flowing. Advancements in technology and product capabilities now allow us to untether from the traditional workspace. Computer battery life is longer, wifi is faster and more powerful and manufacturers continue to elevate products to fit the natural environments.
Choice Drives Retention
Younger generation students and employees expect choice. So why not give it to them? A cool, sleek indoor conference room is great for meet and greets but so is an outdoor lounge area underneath a natural canopy of trees or shaded structure. We love to show our education clients ways to enhance learning with outdoor Socratic spaces. Transitional spaces that help students and workers move easily between indoor and outdoor environments also appeal to the choice-minded workforce. Even a small outdoor patio off a lobby can go a long way to enhancing space.
Explore The Unused Space
Some of the best outdoor spaces are the ones that transform unused real estate into beautiful nooks, transitional areas or even amazing focal spaces. Visionary design sees possibilities where others just see a patch of grass or a stretch of obscure ground between buildings. The future of work is all about enriching the experience. So broaden your horizons and see every inch of outdoor space for what it could be.
Can't Find It, Create It
There are so many great products out there to enhance outdoor space, but some may not fit your budget or dimensions. Florence Knoll once famously said, "I needed a piece of furniture, it was not there so I designed it." We know so many Central Texas artisans who can value engineer a product that might be out of your price point or even design something fresh and fun. The point is, there are many ways to bring vision to life. From inspiration to installation, we are here to help.
Pilot an Area
Outdoor design doesn't have to be a "go big or go home" endeavor. Piloting a smaller area can be the baby steps you need to test engagement and offer proof in the pudding to decision makers. Maybe start small with modest outdoor seating on a patio or turn a cool tree into a curated huddle spot. More than likely, if you build it they will come.
What's on the outside says a lot about who you are as a company. Creating outdoor spaces where people can connect to nature demonstrates that you get what people need. Let us show you how to bring thoughtful design and stellar outdoor furniture products to invigorate your outdoor space and recharge your people.
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