to the economy and the environment seems to have spurred investment
into sustainable technologies. These technologies are not only being
incorporated in homes, but in modes of transportation and the
workplace itself. Businesses, investors, employees and customers are
interested in partnering, working with or supporting companies
adopting sustainable practices.
are becoming more receptive to the needs of employees and
incorporating designs for additional comfort and flexibility. Learn
more about the green changes coming to a workplace near you.
Trends Are Becoming a New Standard?
change has become a powerful motivator and has been increasingly
into business strategies. More
investment has gone into utilizing clean energy with an increase in
venture capital investment and the filing of clean energy patents.
However, these aspects may not be easily observed by the average
employee in a company, except in company statements. The majority of
consumers believe that the “greenness” of a company is “somewhat
important” to “very important” when making a purchasing
decision, according to a State of Green Business report. There
appears a push both from investors and consumers for more sustainable
practices to be incorporated in companies.
Can Employees See Now?
may observe more sustainable
practices come to their office environment.
Small changes in office areas, such as the addition of office plants,
may increase productivity by as much as 15 percent. When it comes to
plants in the office, succulents and air plants have become popular
as they require little maintenance and offer pleasing shapes and
colors. Terrariums are also another option.
office concepts have come to the workplace. Employees may see
hot-desking, meet-point tables, breakout furniture and modular soft
seating as some of the ideas and types of furniture being used as
part of a flexible design mentality in companies. In this way,
employers hope to meet the evolving needs of employees.
“Unconventional Work Area” design include elements like a “living
room” and a conference room with bean bag chairs, sofas, plants,
yoga mats and more. This type of design is one of the macro trends
now offered. This design looks much like the “Homestyle
Comfort Design” intended to
address the desires of colleagues and make the work environment more
like home. Other design ideas such as “Dynamic Spaces” are
flexible and can serve multiple functions with furniture to suit.
Moveable green wall dividers and plants and containers may be seen as
part of this trend.
sustainable practices may come into play when it comes to new
construction. We've already seen this for some time in real estate —
like smart technology and green design
principles are appealing to more and more people every year.
Companies prioritizing the health and productivity of their employees
may design and build according to the WELL Building Standard. This
certification addresses light, air, comfort and mind in a workspace.
The WELL Building Standard is part of the Biophilic design which
attempts to bring more natural elements into the workplace. The core
of this design trend is to use natural lighting, live plants,
textures and patterns into the workplace environment. This design can
be seen in large tech hubs and in metropolitan areas.
companies become more aware of how the business environment can
impact the health and comfort of employees, new designs toward
comfort, flexibility and more natural elements are being seen in
Are Businesses Going Green?
is a growing push to incorporate sustainable practices within
companies. Sustainability is attractive to investors and partners
looking to work with a company with shared core values. Consumers are
becoming more mindful of the products that they buy and are using
their purchasing dollars to support those companies invested in the
and the health of their employees.
Improvements in building and office designs are a way to attract and
retain talent in competitive industries that value comfort,
flexibility and the ability to collaborate. Changing environmental
concerns are trickling down into construction options for buildings
and new certification standards provide guidance on how to improve
work environments to the advantage of employees. Healthy employees
can be more productive and the new changes to business environments
can work to create a better work culture.
Written by, Ryan Tollefsen, REALTOR
Unity Home Group at Keller Williams Realty Alaska Group