With job vacancies outnumbering unemployment for the first time since records began, the ‘Great Return’ continues in earnest for businesses across the UK.
There is no doubt that one of the by-products of the pandemic was an unprecedented working from home experiment. Although many companies have been more than happy to make this temporary measure permanent, others have made it clear they want their employees back in the office. The problem is the feeling isn’t exactly mutual.
For employees who can satisfy most, if not all, of their role requirements from home, asking them to return to the office full-time amidst a worsening cost-of-living crisis can be a hard sell. Whilst working remotely during the pandemic workers were able to reduce expenses associated with working in a traditional office, use time spent commuting more meaningfully and overall enjoy a better work/life balance.
With office occupancy still a long way from returning to pre-pandemic levels and pervasive work from home options making it easier than ever to find such employment, companies have been forced to get creative in an effort to entice staff to return to the office.
More informal dress codes, restructuring conference rooms to be less hierarchical and dropping stuffy, outdated HR practises all have their merits in attracting staff back to the office but companies should also look to nature, particularly plants, to satiate a workforce that have collectively gained a greater appreciation of nature and become more health conscious whilst in isolation.
Being forced to stay at home resulted in us living an excessive digital life, with much longer screen times, and we missed out on the cognitive engagement that constant changes in the physical environment provides. Adding a touch of greenery can breathe life into clinical corporate environments and provide a more satisfying return to the office for staff.
Besides adding freshness and visual interest, plants have a host of less obvious abilities that can make returning to the office much more appealing.
We are in the middle of the biggest work revolution our generation has experienced making it the perfect opportunity to reassess how your office functions.
Plants create instant wellbeing, so if you are looking to make your staff feel nurtured, then we recommend that you introduce plants before you consider something that takes much longer and is more costly, such as an office refurbishment. With virtually immediate effect, you can quickly make a major difference with minimal disruption to day-to-day work.
Whatever you do to improve your organisation and get staff back into the office, the mindset of going back to “how we’ve always done it” is simply not going to cut it in 2022.
Get in touch today to find out how we can help you welcome visitors and colleagues back into your workplace. Benholm can provide a gorgeous array of lush greenery in a range of bespoke planters for both indoor and outdoor use.