What is Biophilic Design?

Biophilic design increases our connectivity to nature through direct and indirect exposure to features from nature, as well as spatial and aromatic conditions. Having a connection to nature can decrease stress levels, enhance mood, and improve cognitive function, allowing you to focus better and for longer periods of time. Also, increasingly, companies are starting to pay more attention to the mental and physical well-being of their employees, customers, and visitors. Biophilic design is a way of doing that with the design of the space itself.  


Plants in an office next to the desk

Incorporating plants into the workspace is one of the easiest ways to bring the outside indoors. You can do a little as bring in a few small plants or something large and impressive, like building a plant wall. We often notice what is directly in front of us to determine our mood. Therefore, having something real-looking and organically-growing, like a Peace Lily, Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree or Snake Plant, within eyeshot can help us find peace and help promote focus. Plants can also help improve the air quality of your space, as they improve the oxygen levels indoors through photosynthesis and will naturally filter out potentially harmful toxins. This can help alleviate employee sickness and absenteeism in the long-term.  


Smelling a flower

Smells are naturally attached to memories. More and more companies are turning to Olfactory Branding to help encourage employees and visitors to have a positive association between a specific smell and your brand. By capitalizing on this positive association, you are allowing for increased focus, positive outlooks, and improved collaboration among your team. Use natural smells like Summer Rain, Jasmine, and Freshly Mown Grass through either a metered dispenser or through the HVAC system.  


Natural Lighting in a building space

Natural lighting is good for you. That’s a given. It can boost your mood, help improve your circadian rhythm and sleeping habits, and boost your Vitamin D, which reduces inflammation. But just how do we get natural lighting into a workplace? Windows, skylights, glass doors, and more are all great ways of bringing in natural light. But if you don’t have the ability to have skylights, floor-to-ceiling windows, French doors, etc., there are plenty of other ways. Sun lamps are a great investment for a darker workplace and will mimic the intensity of the sun throughout the day.  


Desks and chairs

While “Earth tones” is often reserved for browns, taupes, and ambers, the earth has many more colors than that. Use colors that mimic natural landscapes. Light blues or whites on the walls and/or ceiling for the sky, browns and greens for carpets, and stone or natural wood-toned flooring. Pepper some reds and purples and yellows throughout the space as accents.  

Hybrid Work Essentials

In the modern workforce, a hybrid work environment is becoming increasingly more available. In fact, up to 83% of the current workforce prefers a hybrid work model in those instances where 100% remote work is unavailable. According to a Gallup poll on hybrid work environments, approximately 53% of all work environments will be hybrid going forward.

This means that both employees and employers have to find the tools that work best for both environments: remote work and corporate work.

Commuting Essentials

Whether you drive, walk, take a train or bus, or fly to work, you’ll need to carry some things. Namely a laptop, headphones, travel mug, reusable water bottle, meal prep containers, etc. Make sure you have an adequately sized and comfortable travel bag. Having the things you both need and like with you while you’re commuting to work will make the commute easier. Take advantage of a public transportation commute with quality headphones to listen to the morning or afternoon news to stay up to date on current events, listen to conferences, podcasts, music, or simply block out the noises around you.

Bring your homemade coffee to the office in a travel mug. That way, when it’s time to make another cup, you can help environmental efforts by reusing the same mug. The same is true for your reusable water bottle! Fill up from the office water cooler while you’re at work and before you head home to stay hydrated and healthy throughout the day.


When commuting, be sure you have a quality travel bag for your trips to and from your office. This will hold all your commuting essentials.

Office supplies

1. Travel Bag

2. Laptop

3. Chargers

4. Headphones

5. Travel Mug

6. Reusable Water Bottle

7. Meal Prep Containers

8. Proper Clothing for All Weather

9. Hand Sanitizer

Corporate Office

There are a few essentials that are necessary for both your corporate and remote offices. Proper workstations with ergonomic seating, storage, charging capabilities, and access to food/water are ideal, however not always possible. Whether people who work remote are working from their home, a hotel room, a beach, a coffee shop, etc., there are some things that need to be available. If you’re working in a corporate office or in a remote workplace, follow along with these checklists to make sure you’ve got everything you need for success.

Corporate Office Checklist

Computer supplies and chair

Since you’ve brought your travel mug, laptop, reusable water bottle, and meal prep containers from home, now is the time to focus on what you need for your immediate workstation.

1. Ergonomic Workstation

2. Ergonomic Seating

3. Ergonomic Keyboard/Mousepad

4. Monitor Stand

5. Storage

6. Telephone

7. Headphones/Headset

8. Pens and Paper

Remote Office Checklist

Other computer accessories

Whether you’re working from home, a coffee shop, or a hotel lobby, having certain things will ensure an efficient and productive workday.

1. Device Chargers

2. Reliable Wi-Fi

3. Laptop

4. External Storage

5. Headphones/Headset

6. Wireless Keyboard and Mouse

7. HD Webcam

Touchdown Spaces For The Modern Workplace

Touchdown Spaces

Touchdown spaces are swiftly becoming a necessity in the modern workplace. While a productive and comfortable workplace means something different to everyone, having options available to encourage everyone to find their optimal work environment is a great way to provide autonomy to your employees. Flexible workstations allow for work to be done outside of the traditional desk – maybe you work best from a couch or an outside table. Touchdown spaces are perfect for the modern, hybrid work approach when not everyone is at the office every day.

What You Need


Everyone needs access to certain things. Chief among them is electricity. More than two-thirds of the workforce use a laptop versus a desktop, or at least can. Being mobile is increasingly important. What do you need when you use a laptop? A power source. A plug-and-play approach to working is what can most improve productivity and efficiency. You want people to be able to quickly sit down and start to work, not spend time searching for the nearest outlet.


Most people don’t eat the same thing every day. Nor do they want to work in the same space every day. It often stifles creativity when you don’t have the opportunity to shift your perspective. Having several spaces available in which to work can help boost not only creativity but also workplace morale. Monday: desk. Tuesday: couch. Wednesday: coffee bar. Thursday: quiet room. Friday: meeting room.


We all know that meetings either run long or start late sometimes. While waiting for a meeting to begin, or waiting for access to a conference room, encourage people to keep working with spaces to sit and work just outside of meeting areas. A simple couch with a coffee table can help to improve output and quickly send off two emails while waiting for access to the conference room.

Modular Furniture

With modern, modular furniture, you can easily adjust a space to your advantage. Having flexible options that allow for collaboration is essential. Furniture that can easily be moved around will encourage employees to collaborate more often. And we all know that Teamwork Makes the Dream Work.


While some people thrive in a space with everyone around them and the buzz of office noise, some need a quiet, private space in which to work. Consider making “quiet rooms”, where white noise is playing to cover the office noise. Having size-inclusive furniture available in quiet spaces can keep employees not only happy, but also healthy.