The nature of office work is changing the offices of years past with rows of desks is changing as is the way we work. No longer is it about processing waste amount of paperwork and rows of figures manually as these processes are quickly becoming automated by advanced online software using artificial intelligence.
Work is no longer about carrying out the set daily tasks from 9 to 5 it’s more about imaging and thinking how you can use the data to extend your services or products to existing and new customers. This type of modern work is almost impossible to carry out for 7 to 8 hours a day, and as the largest corporations are discovering offices now have to be designed with areas that encourage employees to take breaks and naturally network to refresh the creative processes.
Although not immediately obvious an office garden can foster networking between employees with the subject of the garden plants break the ice in the early stages of the networking process by fostering conservations. In addition an office garden adds a different dynamic to a workplace providing a place to relax and have a change of pace.
Creating an office garden
Most office buildings have an area that can be turned into an office garden sometimes it’s a space around the back of the office building but more often than not a roof top that can be converted into a garden. Some of the keys to creating a successful office garden are
- A lawn is a good place to start, it’s almost certainly to be an artificial lawn as they require low levels of maintenance compared to natural lawns and with rooftop gardens are easy to install onto most surfaces and with no additional soil being required this reduces the gardens weight on a roof. Expert advice on installing artificial lawns is essential such as artificial grass in Sussex is a good place to start.
- Plants often you are best to use hardy plants again especially with rooftop gardens as they can be very exposed to winter winds and weather. Some suitable plants are Skimmia japonica, Griselinia littoralis and Choisya sundance
- Containers and raised beds – with containers, pots and raised beds often the larger the better as they are easier to water and keep moist. With compost its best to use a soil based compost called John Innes compost number 2 or 3
- Screening and trees – Creating screened areas and screening off windows and overlooking views can often be important. Often this can be instantly achieved by using trees in pots such as Birch trees which provide a light screening effect.
- Watering systems – Although often overlooked watering you office garden should be one of the first items to consider. Watering your plants with a watering can will become a task no one wishes to carry out so simply automatic irrigation system is a good solution.