Twitter isn’t the only source of tweeting at work.
The sounds of birds have for centuries filled our workplaces with a background of chirps, coos and gentle chirrups. Now it looks like this avian form of tweeting might actually be good for us.
In a study conducted by workplace designers Maris Interiors, staff in offices where birdsong could be heard reported lower rates of workplace stress than their counterparts in chirp-free offices.
Other stress-reducing factors included more access to natural light, higher air quality, and the use of colours and artwork on the walls. 2% of offices surveyed play classical music through the office to help their staff concentrate, though none are yet piping in artificial birdsong.
Maris Interiors Managing Director David Cannon says, “It’s one of the perks of working in an office in summer with the windows open. The birds are most welcome outside the Maris windows, although I’m not sure I’d get much work done if I was here during the dawn chorus!”
Notes For The Editor:
Maris Interiors LLP is the UK’s leading specialist in workplace design and creation. The company design and create world class working environments for occupiers throughout the UK and continental Europe. Their team of experts has extensive and in-depth knowledge of how good design can substantially improve business performance, save vast amounts of money and help retain and attract key people.
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