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The Benefits of Nature for Business

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Posted: Thursday 1st June 2017 by WildBlog

As attention grows on the links between time in nature and individual health, wellbeing and happiness, the business world is increasingly focusing on this issue. Companies of all sizes are looking at ways to give staff opportunities to experience the benefits of a regular dose of nature. And with 11.7 million days in the UK lost last year to work- related stress, depression or anxiety - there’s strong reason for companies of all sizes to take a look at how to reduce the business costs as well as the personal impact this causes.

Many studies have now shown that time spent in nature can improve people’s mood, memory and mental focus, and even spark more creative thinking. A motivated, positive-thinking, creative team is what every chief executive aspires to have as their workforce. So aside from expensive conferences and corporate training programmes, how can businesses support staff wellbeing?

As our 30 Days Wild campaign launches today, the answer may lie in some of the activities and events the businesses taking part are planning. 30 Days Wild encourages people of all ages to connect with nature every day throughout June to notice and celebrate what’s around them. And with a city and region teeming with wildlife ripe for spotting; from the peregrine falcons swooping in Avon Gorge, to the kingfishers visiting the ponds on Brandon Hill, and the hidden creatures in parks, gardens and green spaces across all our neighbourhoods – there’s plenty to feast the eyes and senses on.

Already more than 30 local businesses have signed up to take part and are busy planning a host of fun, engaging ways for staff to connect with nature and share their experiences across the organisation they work for.

These include a wildlife photography competition to see which staff member can capture the best nature image on their phone or camera on their commute to work; filling planters outside the office with pollinator-friendly plants for staff and insects to enjoy; and it seems there will be more outdoor meetings across the region as teams pledge to have their planning get-togethers and staff lunches outdoors in nature during June.

30 Days Wild is the perfect way to bring nature into your workplace so do sign up and get involved. We are running events throughout the month including some specifically aimed at businesses including a series of ‘Nature Net-Walks’ – a chance to network with other professionals during a guided nature walk around the Temple Quay area. Whatever the size or turnover of a business, the natural environment outside the office building is a health-care package every company can afford to offer its staff.

Find out more about #30DaysWild and sign up at click here

Photo credit: Katrina Martin

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