Is the era of fluorescent bulb-filled, cubicle-lined offices coming to an end? As programs like Fitwel research best practices for healthy living in the workplace, and as developers like National Development put theory into practice, it certainly seems so.
Public interest in health and wellness isn’t going anywhere, and companies are taking note of its benefits. Natural light, signage encouraging employees to take the stairs, safe pedestrian walkways — these wellness concepts are simple and have been proven highly effective.
Many Green City Growers customers are already understanding the value of corporate wellness. athenahealth subsidizes garden-fresh salads to incentivize healthy eating. The Reservoir Woods employee garden is nestled amongst lengthy walking trails. Sasaki Associates has a bike rack thats capacity is maxed out. And, it goes without saying, all of our clients have created office place gardens that offer employees the chance to get outside, relax, and de-stress. Away from the glare of computer screens and the discomfort of office chairs, garden volunteers have a chance to get to know co-workers, spend time in the sunshine, and take home fresh, healthy produce.
Check out the infographic below, courtesy of ICF International, which shows off some design practices that leaders in the wellness movement are taking.
Employee gardens are an increasing trend to office parks, and can provide many benefits of traditional wellness including community-building and talent development — at lower costs. Download our employee wellness garden guide and case study for more information