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Natural light and lots of greenery in this biophilic AZ office space create a positive work environment promoting employee wellness and productivity.

Up until recently in human history, nature was the office space of choice. We are naturally more wired for grass than cement, which explains why today’s urban office spaces can tend to create stress and even stifle productivity among employees. This is the very problem that the hottest trend in AZ office spaces, biophilic design, aims to solve.

What Is Biophilic Design?
Humans are naturally drawn to the great outdoors, but many of today’s cities and structures have stripped us of this connection. One look at most Phoenix commercial lease properties and you’re likely to see that today’s offices are more concrete than green. What this can leave us with, then, are work environments that promote stress and solitude rather than productivity and wellness.

Studies have found that humans are both healthier and function at a higher capacity when exposed to nature. Unfortunately, it’s unrealistic to propose every office simply uproot and move outside. Biophilic design suggests a far simpler solution: we bring the nature to us.

This is the main goal of biophilic design—to fix this disconnect by integrating nature into the office space, ultimately boosting the overall health and productivity of employees.

This does not, however, mean simply adding a plant here or an extra window there. Truly biophilic designs are entirely integrated, creating more of an ecosystem than a stagnant design. Employee exposure to natural elements should be consistent and incorporated into every aspect of the space.

Benefits of Biophilic Design
Biophilic designs tend to encourage much more sustainable development. Rather than creating concrete jungles, incorporating biophilic elements preserves and even encourages the growth of nature. This makes for much greener office spaces.

The benefits of biophilic design aren’t just environmental though. Employees can greatly benefit from this trend—the main goal of this style is, after all, to boost employee health and productivity. Natural elements have the ability to affect employees on a physical, mental, and emotional level. Studies have shown that exposure to nature is incredibly effective in lowering stress levels. This, in turn, can boost overall employee wellbeing—and it’s no secret that a healthy employee is a productive employee.

The utilization of natural design elements can also tap into people’s emotions, allowing them to feel more personally connected to a space. This serves as both motivation for performance and creates a sense of belonging. Employees who identify with the places they work are typically happier and perform better. Absences shrink and employee engagement rises, again boosting the productivity of your AZ office space.

Incorporating Biophilic Design Into Your AZ Office Space
Biophilic designs utilize both direct and indirect exposure to natural elements. Direct exposure, just as it sounds, entails incorporating natural light, open air and weather, plants, and other organic elements into a space that employees will come into direct contact with. Indirect exposure, on the other hand, encompasses elements that are reminiscent of nature. These can be color palettes, images, simulated natural light or air movement, or even naturally occurring geometric patterns.

Effective biophilic designs require a good deal of planning. From ensuring the ecology of the natural elements is balanced—one species of plant, for example, won’t smother the rest of them—to structuring the building itself to be conducive to natural elements, designs must be holistic and living. Even after they’re implemented, designs have to be flexible enough to allow for natural elements to grow and change.

 
Are you looking for an office space in AZ that’s designed to boost employee happiness and productivity? Take a look at some of our available properties to find the right spot for your business.

Greenery fills the courtyard of this office space in Mesa.

Are you looking for an office space in Mesa, but aren’t sure exactly what the area holds? Well look no further! Our Mesa offices are in a great location, central to tons of delicious dining options and bustling shopping centers. From your morning coffee run to that round of golf after work, the options are endless. Take a look at all the amazing amenities available within a ten-minute drive or less to see why you should focus your Arizona commercial lease search on Camroad’s Mesa location.

Food
Employees looking for a quicker food stop can head over to Jimmy John’s or Jamba Juice, conveniently located just across the street. Those who have a little more time to grab lunch or are looking for a place to take a client for a lunch meeting can try these highly rated nearby restaurants.

Hodori
Pita Jungle
Oregano’s Pizza Bistro
Baby Kay’s Cajun Kitchen
Cornish Pasty
Nello’s Pizza

Coffee Spots
In addition to the four Starbucks locations and two other coffee shops within a 5-minute drive of our Mesa office space, there also coffee shops within walking distance. At only 0.4 miles from the office space, the 10 min walk is just enough to give you energy you’ll need until that caffeine kicks in.

Grounds for Thought
Dutch Bros
Z-Cafe (walking distance)
Dunkin’ Donuts (walking distance)

Hotels
Clients on work trips need places to stay, and these conveniently located, highly-rated hotels will make planning a breeze.

Hilton
Delta Hotels by Marriott
Courtyard by Marriott
La Quinta Inn & Suites

After Work
Whether you want to meet up with some friends for a round or golf or grab dinner and a movie, the variety of local amenities available just about covers it all. The list below is only a small sample of what’s around, spanning grocery stores to spring training games.

Albertsons
Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.
Dobson Ranch Golf Course
Bookman’s
Mesa Riverview
Tempe Marketplace
Sloan Park Chicago Cubs Spring Training Complex

Freeways
Our Mesa location sits just minutes from the loop 101, loop 202, US 60, and SR 87 highways, making it quick and easy to get wherever you need to go.
If you’re looking to set up a new office space in Mesa, we have just the spot for you. Contact us to schedule a tour of one of our office spaces in Mesa and get a taste for all the things this great area has to offer.

Even the most creative employees can get stuck sometimes. These days, many employers are looking to combat this lull and inspire creativity among employees using the office itself. Here are a few simple ways you can encourage an imaginative and innovative atmosphere in your AZ office space.

 

Visual cues can play a huge role in fostering the creative thinking that helps employees push past any mental blocks keeping them stuck. Try using some of these visual factors to elevate the innovation in your office.

Let in lots of bright, natural light. Not only do windows keep your office space from feeling like a dungeon, the extra rays can actually improve employee attitudes and spark creative thinking

Add a pop of color! Color theory provides explanations for the various effects colors can have on an individual’s mind, emotions, body, and balance—and yes, this includes creativity. Choosing certain colors and their placement in your office can have a significant effect on boosting creative thought. Certain colors do work better than others at achieving this, which leads us to our next recommendation.

Bring some nature to the office. A healthy dose of green can do wonders in encouraging creativity among employees. Try incorporating plants into your Arizona commercial office to add a natural, balanced feeling that perfectly sets the stage for some out-of-the-box thinking.

Decorating with art, quotes, and other forms of inspiration can help kick start an employee’s creative streak. While you may choose to make this a large-scale, office wide aesthetic, allowing employees to personalize their own spaces is also very effective.

 

The way you chose to structure and use your AZ office space can help encourage inventive thinking in your organization.

Create common spaces to provide employees with both flexible workspace options and a place to socialize. This makes it much easier for people to collaborate and co-create. You never know when a simple conversation will spark the next big idea.

Make breaks more fun. Stock the kitchen with healthy snacks and drinks or turn your break room into a game room where employees can blow off some steam. In addition to being just plain fun, this can also encourage employees to stay active and healthy at work—yet another important factor in fueling creative thinking.

Turn static spaces into more comfortable environments using movable furniture to help keep your employees from feeling stuck. Open concept spaces also make this movement and comfort much more accessible for your employees.

Clutter is the enemy of productivity, and the resulting lack of focus can block an individual’s creativity. Keeping workspaces tidy will help prevent distraction and spark ingenuity among the employees in your office.

How are you boosting creativity in your AZ office space? Head over to our LinkedIn page to let us know!

 

Four employees sit around a table laughing and brainstorming over photos in their AZ office space.

It’s the goal of every employer to increase productivity among employees. However, the question typically remains, “How?” Modern offices are finding there’s one factor that plays a major role in promoting employee effectiveness and overall organizational health: happiness. Below are a few areas you can use to create a happier, more productive environment in your AZ office space.

 

Company Culture

 

Hiring naturally positive people and encouraging wellness within your AZ office space are great ways to keep your employees both happy and productive.

Another effective tool in creating a healthy work-life balance employees will thrive in is flexible scheduling. Enabling your employees to be productive without having to sacrifice their personal lives and wellbeing does something very special for your company culture—work evolves from a necessary chore to a fulfilling and enjoyable part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

Office outings are also a great way to keep things fresh and social by switching up the same old work routine. This gives employees the opportunity to get out of the office and get know each other better. Developing those meaningful relationships that can help make the office a more comfortable and personal environment.

 

Leadership

 

It’s important to be a personable leader exhibiting sincere care about the employees in your office. Address them by name, encourage and praise often and publicly, and always remember to say thank you. Rather than micromanaging, focus on creating individual growth plans to show your employees you trust them and are invested in developing them both personally and professionally. What happens when you show employees you believe and trust in them? They believe and trust in you right back.

Invite employees into the bigger picture, showing each and every individual how their work impacts the overall success of the organization. When work is meaningful, employees are much happier to be doing it.

 

Rewards and Benefits

 

Reward systems and additional benefits are a great way to foster a happier environment among employees. Offer exciting perks like extra vacation time or other practical benefits such as extra insurance coverage, gym memberships, or transit benefits to show employees their effort is valued.

 

Office Space

 

Optimizing your office with organized desk spaces and lots of natural light can have a huge effect on employee happiness. There’s no reason why going in to the office can’t feel like an extension of an employee’s home: comfortable, open, and inviting.

Roomy, open concept office spaces also allow people to move around and stay physically active throughout the day. A bonus benefit is the resulting social interaction serving to help build team dynamics and fuel a happier, more connected office culture.

Choosing the right Arizona commercial office space can do wonders for creating a positive work environment for employees. Take a look at some of our available properties to find the AZ office space your organization will thrive in.

Many office spaces in AZ are providing employees with healthier catering options like the fresh meat and veggie snack this man is reaching for.

Food is a big part of any culture, and company culture is no different. It’s no wonder then why many office spaces in AZ are opting to provide meals to employees on a more regular basis. Offices can use catering to boost morale, encouraging healthy lifestyle habits, and stay competitive when looking to recruit new employees. Here are a few of today’s office catering trends helping companies stay on top of their game.

1. Health- and Diet-Conscious Catering

Many office spaces in AZ are using catering to promote healthier lifestyle habits among employees, and to make those choices more accessible and enjoyable. This wholistic approach to health and wellness includes much more than an occasional healthy lunch—some employers are trading out the traditional, unhealthy office breakfast foods (like those delicious but dangerous donuts and bagels) for healthier options. Fresh fruit, clean meals, and juices are just a few of the popular offerings offices are using to provide employees with a well-rounded most important meal of the day every day.

2. Concierge Services & Online Ordering

Concierge services are a very popular trend in office catering because of the convenience and ease associated with having a third-party handling logistics. In addition, ever-evolving online ordering systems are continually making these services even simpler than ever before. Offices can browse by meal, type of cuisine, event, and more to narrow down their food options and place an order. The concierge service will then develop the meal, taking into account any dietary restrictions or preferences stated, and deliver the food right to your Tempe office space. Some services will even set up the meal for you.

3. Food Trucks

Food trucks have been a very popular culinary option for a few years now, and this trend shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. They allow companies to turn a simple parking lot into a trendy restaurant in a matter of minutes, and what better way to get your employees outside to enjoy the beautiful Arizona sunshine?

If you already have a business in mind, you can contact the food truck directly for booking and pricing options. However, there are online platforms that allow you to browse and compare an expansive range of food trucks based on factors like cuisine, pricing, availability, and more. Online hiring services also typically represent only verified vendors and offer support and payment protections to ensure the best catering experience possible for your AZ office space.

4. Go Green, Reduce Waste

Waste can be a major issue with office catering—any food that’s not eaten tends to end up directly in the trash. With a major push for office spaces to embrace greener practices, reducing this waste is an important factor to consider when deciding on a catering option.

Better planning is the best weapon to combat waste resulting from catering. Knowing how many people are eating, what they will and won’t eat, how much they’ll eat, and more can help you and your caterer better plan for your office’s needs.
Now that you know the top trends in catering, it’s time to find the perfect office space in AZ to promote your healthy and community-oriented company culture. Contact us for more information on available properties or to schedule a tour.

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As dedicated commercial real estate professionals, all of us at Camroad Properties pride ourselves on operating office buildings to the highest industry standards. This translates into consistently high occupancy rates, and tenant retention rates averaging over 80% in all of our Arizona commercial real estate properties. As local owner-operators, you can rely on Camroad Properties to provide the best leasing opportunities for quality office space in Phoenix, Mesa, and Tempe. Our knowledge of Arizona commercial real estate and our ability to react promptly to our clients' office space requirements is our specialty. We can customize office suites to fit any of your commercial real estate needs.
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