Posted on October 12, 2015

Office Design for High Stress Environments

As stress in the workplace reaches epic proportions – with nearly one in five Britons suffering from anxiety or depression - we at Office Image thought it was time we did our bit to promote healthier working environments.

If you’re at the helm of a high-stress office, why not incorporate one of these office design ideas into your work space? Proven to help lower stress and increase productivity, making these simple changes could revolutionise your working life. Why not try them out and let us know how you get on?

Encourage Workers to Add a Minature Zen Garden to Their Desk

Zen gardens can help workers to de-stress and relax when they’re feeling the pressure. Used to evoke feelings of tranquillity, calmness and peace, they consist of natural elements like sand, plants and rocks and are incredibly easy and inexpensive to put together. All you need is a container, sand, a few rocks, and a small rake or fork.

Once they’re set up, the goal is to use the rake to move the sand to create patterns that look like ripples in water. The quiet practice is supposed to help people let go of whatever’s bothering them by focusing them on a simple task.

Install a Water Feature

Did you know that falling water releases negative ions into the surrounding atmosphere, and these ions have a profound effect on physical well-being?

When you’re in an environment where the concentration of negative ions is greater than positive, there's an increase in blood flow and oxygen content to the body’s cells; lowering blood pressure, stabilising respiration and creating a calming effect.

Installing a water feature doesn’t have to be expensive, there are plenty of stylish examples available online that won’t put you out of pocket – why not incorporate one into your office design?

Invest in an Aquarium

You might have noticed that dentists and doctors often have fish tanks installed in their waiting rooms – but were you aware that they’ve been scientifically proven to reduce stress?

A recent study from the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth has shown that staring at swimming fish lowers blood pressure and reduces the heart rate. Researchers there believe the results should persuade companies to include fish tanks in offices to help workers manage stress levels – we think it’s definitely worth a try.

Create a Nap Space


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For over a decade, research has proven that a mid-afternoon nap brings with it plenty of benefits, including improved memory, increased alertness, and decreased mistakes. In fact, a recent study from the University of Michigan found that participants who took an hour-long nap were able to carry out a number of frustrating tasks better than those who didn’t.

‘Napparatus’ is a burgeoning industry, and there are loads of innovative sleep-station products available to buy online. They can be a little expensive, however, so perhaps just designate a quiet room for nap time, and let your employees know they’re free to use it when they hit the wall.

Create a Relaxing Space in Your Office

If you work in a high-stress environment and are looking to create a space where you and your employees can recharge your batteries, then why not get in touch with us at Office Image?

We love transforming tired, unproductive spaces into effective and attractive working environments and have a proven track record of completing commercial fit outs to the highest quality, on time and within budget.

To find out more about our office refurbishments or any of our other services get in contact today, and take a look at our gallery for examples of our past work.

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