With only 10% of small business’ surviving past three years 1 it is fair to say that we need to do everything we can to make sure that as business owners our staff and ourselves thrive. It is well noted in the literature that our environment and the spaces around us effect our physiology and hence physical and mental health. Again there is no shortage of research to detail the evidence and impact of physical and mental health on our productivity, creativity and focus at work.
All elements of out physical environment can effect our health and accordingly all elements of our environment have the ability to administer space medicine.
Space medicine is the creation of spaces that nurture feed and support out minds, bodies and souls. Space medicine principles applied in the work place can assist with focus, energy, creativity, productivity and much more.
Harnessing the power of light, colour, spatial arrangement and of course functionality can have a game changing effect on a work place, a start up or thriving business.
The impact of colour, light and spatial arrangement of a workspace can have an effect, ‘on our alertness, mood, productivity, sleep patterns and many aspects of our physiology,’ says Dr Victoria Revell, a chronobiologist at the University of Surrey. Whilst “arrangement of space also provides access to natural light and views for the users. Visual access to the outdoors improves both task performance and attitude.” Jennifer Webb, Department of Interior Design, Fay Jones School of Architecture.
Creating prescriptions and self prescribing space medicine for our work places can have a positive effect on our health, mind and business success.
- figures from a speech given by Fed Minister for Small Business at the AusMumpreneur Conference; Sept 2015
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