Close proximity to water boosts workplace productivity

Working close to water improves employee productivity and makes staff feel more valued, according to a survey.

Business development close to rivers, docks and canals can make employees more creative, the study of more than 2,000 workers by Glasgow Caledonian University showed.

One-third of the employees polled said that working near a river made them more productive.

Dr Cynthia McVey, health psychologist at Glasgow Caledonian University, said: “Water adds to the working environment in a very positive way. Just being by water is both relaxing and stimulating.”

She said employees who could see water outside their window felt less confined by their workplace.

“They are more likely to feel positive about their work and more valued,” she said.

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