A friend and innovative entrepreneur (hey, @jeremy_BAY) recently shared this article with me. Anyone who knows me, knows that I'm a bit of a bird nerd. It's true. So I'm honored whenever friends pass along articles about cool designs or innovations that can help out our feathered friends. In this case, faint lines designed in conjunction with the Audubon Society to help birds from crashing into the many windows at the newest Intuit building in California. While considerably impressive, this article highlights so many other features essential to a healthy work environment that I wanted to explore a few of those items, beyond the requisite "preventing bird smash." In fact, I've decided to make it the focus feature of this week (stay tuned for follow ups all week long).
Plenty of natural light from the ample windows, a "reflection" garden, giant nature murals to "bring the natural world inside," and an outdoor patio space to which employees can escape. What's going on here?!
Perhaps leaders are finally paying attention to the scientific literature on environmental design. We are not made to sit inside under florescent lights in front of a screen all day. Our brains require the same aesthetics as our ancestors to operate at peak performance. They require some semblance of that natural world. For the remainder of this week I'll focus on how incorporating even small bits of the natural world (light, greenery, even imagery of nature) has profound effects on productivity, health, and your company's bottom line!