After years of remote work, many companies are now pushing for a return to the office. But having adapted to remote work and its advantages, employees are asking themselves, “if I can do my job effectively at home, why would I go back to the office?”.
To draw employees back, asset managers and employers must implement amenities and initiatives that prioritize wellbeing and offer unique experiences that employees would not be able to get at home. That’s why nature-based amenities are an effective place to start. Here are 7 ways to drive tenant and employee engagement and wellness with nature-based amenities.
Examples of nature-based amenities include:
- Green roofs
- Urban gardens
- Sustainable landscaping
- Bee habitats
1. PRIORITIZE HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Access to urban green spaces and connection to nature are proven to positively impact human wellbeing. In an office setting, they’ve even been found to improve productivity.
A study in the UK found that employees working in offices with natural greenery saw a 15% rise in productivity over a three month period, compared to those working with no natural elements in their environment.
2. BUILD TEAM SPIRIT
Nature-focused team building activities get people talking, asking questions, and caring about their workplace on a deeper level.“People have a natural curiosity about bees. It creates a sense of wonderment. From an engagement perspective, it means the world. It’s a way for us to connect with our tenants, tell a story, gain interest, and make them feel that they’re part of a community.” – Meirav Even-Har, National Manager of Wellness & Healthy Buildings, QuadReal Property Group (Alvéole client)
3. OFFER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Educational workshops offering a peek into subjects like beekeeping, gardening, or flower arranging give employees a unique opportunity to try something new and expand their knowledge.
4. FOSTER A SENSE OF CONNECTION TO THE BUILDING AND GREATER COMMUNITY
Bringing nature into the workplace creates a new way for communities to connect and collaborate. Those who spend time in the building feel a greater curiosity for the way their workplace fits into the larger ecosystem.
5. INTEGRATE THE PROGRAM WITH YOUR EXISTING TENANT PORTAL
Integrating your nature-based solution with your existing tenant portal is an effective way to keep tenants in the loop and engaged.Tech spotlight: MyHive
MyHive is an all-in-one interactive platform for Alvéole clients. Each client receives a dedicated account, a key tenant experience and engagement tool. Through this tool, tenants can follow updates about their building’s bees, RSVP for special events, and connect with their team.
6. SHOWCASE DEDICATION TO ESG
Employees want to know that their workplace is making a positive impact. More than ever, stakeholders are looking for transparency when it comes to ESG and sustainability performance. See how you can start tracking your environmental impact with biomonitoring.
Over 95% of Alvéole clients say their program brings awareness to their organization’s sustainability efforts.
7. SHOW APPRECIATION WITH UNIQUE GIFTS
No one needs another branded mug. Memorable and useful gifts like locally produced honey or an organic veggie harvest will make stakeholders feel truly appreciated and certainly won’t be left to collect dust.
Create an office that employees are excited to return to
Over 95% of Alvéole clients say that implementing nature-based solutions increased tenant engagement. Discover why these solutions may be your answer to a successful return-to-office in our guide: How to Support Return-to-Office With Nature-Based Solutions.