Increasing your employee productivity in the workplace

It is no secret that the last couple of years has really taken their toll on employees throughout the UK. With many jobs grinding to a halt during covid, employers changing policies to adapt to new ways of working and the subsequent hike of prices over the last few months have seen stress levels rise – and it’s no surprise! The CIPD, however, has reported a rise in employee productivity for those employees who are working a hybrid role – at home and in the office. But what about those who are not able to work from home? Could unique office garden rooms be the answer?

If you are an employer who is struggling to boost employee productivity levels in your workplace, you may be looking for all sorts of ways to improve the mood of your office and keep your staff happy and healthy during working hours. Office garden rooms are a great addition to any workspace that has outside space and a lack of natural light in the office. Built to your needs and specifications, office garden rooms can offer a brilliant new space to offices that require a boost to their staff productivity during office hours.

Bespoke office garden rooms designed for multipurpose use

If you are looking for ways to improve productivity and morale within your workforce, consider thinking outside the box and using the natural light in your outdoor area to your advantage. Office garden rooms can be used for a variety of purposes, making them the perfect space for a business requiring extra room. Here are just some of the ways you can use office garden rooms:

Meeting room

Why not host your staff meetings or 121’s out of your office and in a place full of natural light and surrounded by calming nature? Office garden rooms can be planned to your size and specification, making them perfect for meeting rooms of any shape and size.

Staff room

Give your staff a place to unwind and relax when they are taking a break from work. Perfect even in the colder months, thanks to the ability to add in central heating and double glazing, an office garden room could be the ideal place for a staff break.

Visitor waiting room

Looking for somewhere to keep your visitors whilst you are in a meeting? Use an office garden room to create a comfy space where you can place a coffee machine and some snacks, as well as your latest awards and staff pictures to keep your visitor’s company whilst they wait.


If you are lacking reception space, why not use an office garden room where you can meet and greet your visitors before they get shown to the person they are meeting?

Gallery/product room

Lastly, an office garden room can also be the perfect place to showcase your products, whether they are firsthand or if you are using images to showcase your services.

The benefits of natural light to your workforce

According to a study carried out by Future Workplace, ensuring your employees get as much natural light as possible during the day can affect their mood, sleep patterns, and eye health and increase their vitamin D levels. Natural light can also heighten productivity levels in the workplace and is sought after by employers who are looking to support their employees in the best way possible. It can be challenging to provide all staff with the right levels of natural light, particularly if you are in an internal office. That’s why Handmade Hideaways recommend office garden rooms for your outside space.

One of the biggest factors of increased productivity thanks to natural light sources is the improvement of mood. Daylight increases the production of melatonin and serotonin. Serotonin plays an important role in carrying messages between the nerve cells in your brain and throughout the rest of your body. These messages tell your body how to work. Those with SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder – will be aware of how they start to feel when the autumn and winter days kick in. It is thought that this is related to the reduction of natural light and the impact this has on the body.

Employees who are not subject to a good amount of natural light are more likely to see their mood deflate and, as a result, have a drop in productivity. The Future Workplace study found that 38% of employees lose around an hour of their working time if their emotional wellness is suffering.

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Great employee productivity is key to any successful company. Whilst the CIPD is encouraging all businesses to find a hybrid model of working; this is not possible for all businesses, some of whom rely heavily on their staff being in the building. For those who cannot adopt a hybrid model, their employee productivity is just as, if not more, important. Office garden rooms have the ability to offer offices more space, increased natural light and an area for employees to go to switch off for a while.

If you are intrigued by the idea of office garden rooms and how they could work for you and your company, why not get in touch with Handmade Hideaways today and book a free consultation to start your journey to increased employee productivity?