Researching the latest Future of Work magazine for Matisse, we came across loads of evidence suggesting that interior design—and specifically things like good lighting—reduces fatigue, makes you work smarter and even helps you be more creative.
It seems the word is spreading. Now Shekhar Bajaj, chairman and managing director of Indian manufacturer Bajaj Electricals is sending 250 senior staff and major fan and office lighting dealers to New Zealand this month to show them what a difference a clean and green environment makes.
Bajaj decided to bring his team to New Zealand after a private visit earlier this year. He wanted to share with his team the “pristine beauty” of the country. Bajaj waxes lyrical about New Zealand’s remoteness, good food and small population. “I have been to many countries and recently I was in Switzerland, which of course is beautiful, but still New Zealand is clearly the best,” he says. “New Zealand can continue to have a good, clean life without having to worry about the ups and downs taking place in other competitive countries.”
That’s all very fine—but there’s not much advantage having driving past beautiful scenery on the way to work if none of those aesthetics make their way into the office. Local studies we uncovered while researching the Matisse Future Office project suggests New Zealand companies still have a long way to go on this front.