Recent Posts by Rick van Duin

Rick van Duin is a Senior Designer at Continental Office. He has worked across a variety of markets globally and holds a Master’s degree in Interior Design. He is driven and inspired by the innate connection between humans and nature. 

Bringing Nature Inside Makes Employees Happy & Saves Money

Nature; we can see it, touch it, smell it and hear it. We are surrounded by it everywhere we go. Yet, we often don’t see it being a necessity within our work environment. Most commonly, a planting strategy is simply not incorporated within the design budget from the early project stages on. However, this paradigm is shifting because the impact of planting is significant. A large contribution to this is the increase of overall well-being of employees and the reduction of absenteeism in the workplace, which, conservatively speaking, often reaches more than 30% (1) after the introduction of planting according to research.

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