Viewing Nature to Increase Performance

Introduction

Below are a series of results with respect to nature and professional performance. While these studies did not take place in healthcare environments it would be logical to extend these results to the professional performance of healthcare workers as the mental and physical well-being of healthcare workers could have indirect implications for patient treatment.

Focused Work

People are better able to do focused work after looking at images of natural environments but performance on focused work is not affected by looking at images of urban environments; “there is quite a body of experimental research supporting the idea that nature helps recovery from attention fatigue”.

More Productive

Data collected from subjects in fMRI machines verifies that looking at nature cuts stress levels and helps us become more productive at doing work requiring concentration after we have become mentally exhausted doing work requiring us to focus.

Attention

People with views of green spaces are better able to pay attention than people without them compared to the best chainsaw reviews.

Executive Function

Executive function is better in people living in dorm rooms with natural views than it is for students living in spaces with lower levels of natural elements visible from their dorm windows.

Focus Ability

High school students with views of green spaces are better able to focus on their schoolwork. Researchers learned that “exposure to green spaces on high school campuses result in better attentional functioning than exposure to barren landscapes (views of built spaces) or no exposure to the landscape at all (i.e., spaces with no windows). Students (randomly) assigned to classrooms with nature views performed significantly better than those assigned to barren and no-window conditions. This field experiment confirms that exposure to green space enhances students’ attentional.

Impact to Stress of Work

“Window views to natural elements buffer the negative impact of job stress on intention to quit; the more natural elements, the less the negative impact of job stress on turnover intentions. A [physiological study] has indicated that people are less nervous or anxious when looking at the window view to nature compared with the window view to the city or no window view. Also the amount of outdoor nature contact during breaks at work seems to be associated with less perceived stress and better self-rated ”. All in all, views of nature from a workspace have been linked to lower levels of job stress and better self- reported health.