The traditional 9-5 has changed over the past couple of years and it looks likely that the trend for hybrid working will continue. Time at home, time in the office and – one step further, time outdoors is the new working week. Some businesses were well ahead of the curve, for example, Microsoft built outdoor office spaces back in 2017 and has been delighted with the results.
The benefits of outdoor working, which, for so many of us, began during the pandemic as a way to ‘stay safe’ are now almost universally accepted. Increasingly, a wide range of studies reveal the fantastic benefits of some outdoor time, from reducing stress to lowering blood pressure. Outdoor breaks away from our screens have been proven to boost productivity (as well as a sense of wellbeing) and have even been linked to improved decision-making.
Not only that, once the sun comes out, you’ll also reap the benefits of a dose of vitamin D! Even if we’re experiencing the temperamental British weather, a study reported in the Journal of Environmental Psychology found that even regular ‘microbreaks’ such as looking at nature through a window or at an image of nature on a screen, genuinely helped workplace performance.
Benefits, then, all-around! Posture People enjoy a ‘walking meeting’ from time to time as we’ve found for ourselves, the benefits of taking a walk in the fresh air for a while can change perspective and re-energise us.
Outdoor working: In comfort
Take your meeting outside and you’ll soon feel the difference in well-being at work. Our sister company, Love your Workspace has been at the forefront of supplying outdoor workspaces for some time. Director Dave Blood says: “We’re seeing some new and exciting products coming into the market as employees feedback on what they want from their offices. Innovative new furniture which looks great and is sturdy and weatherproof, wipe-clean surfaces frost-proofing, and some outdoor workspaces even have rain and sun sheltering”.
Love Your Workspace (LYW) can organise a full fit for your outdoor workspace and have you up and running in no time! Take a look at our recommendations below and get in touch to discuss, LYW work with a broad spectrum of clients from the boutique to the SME to larger scale projects with blue-chip companies. Between Posture People and LYW we can facilitate most of your office requirements.
Crop by Allermuir
The design team behind Crop launched this chair when the rise in demand for outdoor working and al fresco dining increased exponentially during the pandemic. The weatherproof chairs are crafted from a steel rod with wires forming the seats and backrests. The Crop arm and side chairs stack four high, perfect for storage. The curved seats are exceptionally comfortable and come with removable cushions and the design is inspired by the rolling hills of the British countryside. Choose from six muted colours; olive, pastel green, ivory, black, blush and teal.
The Outdoor Pod – Meeting Pod Company
Need an outdoor meeting ‘room’ that’s fit for up to 8 people? The Outdoor Pod could be the answer. There are three options; open, partly enclosed or fully enclosed (all have overhead shelter). The seating is cushioned with a fixed table and flooring and the pods can be situated on a variety of different bases from grass to block paving or even a rooftop terrace. Mains connection and heating are an option and the company will even include a solar calculator to ensure your pod is situated in the optimum position to make the most of solar energy.
Dave Blood, director of Love Your Workspace, Posture People’s sister company responsible for workplace design says: “We love working with this company and they have an interesting backstory. They are based on the Isle of Wight and use yacht-building techniques to weather-proof their materials”.
Palissade – Hay
Dining chairs, stools, armchairs and bench seats are just some of the 13 Palissade products in this stylish range which mean there are options for most workplaces. This outdoor furniture has been designed by French brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec and integrates seamlessly into most settings. It’s also intended to last – and – as the manufacturer says, “to become more beautiful over the years”. Made from electro-galvanized powder coated steel Palissade is designed to be left outside and is available in a range of colours.
BuzziShed – BuzziSpace
Find space, take shelter and keep the glare of the sunshine off your laptop. The BuzziShed is a simple, modern structure which will enable anyone feeling the need for a nature fix. Not only that, this simple structure, available in three different sizes, is ideal for outdoor displays and conferences, nursery and educational settings and anywhere partial shelter is needed outdoors. Made from a simple, adaptable metal structure and using Sunbrella fabric (customisable with your logo if required), additional side panels can also be added to block out the elements.