August 22, 2022

The Benefits of Extending Your Office to the Outdoors

To attract people back to the office, organizations should consider doing more than just offering flexible hybrid work schedules and team happy hours. Organizations need to rethink the physical workplace and create a unique experience that makes the commute worthwhile. People want to work in an environment that makes them feel safe and healthy, while being inspired and productive. We believe that having access to the outdoors during the workday is the perfect answer.

If you haven’t heard, outdoor offices are IN, and it’s time to give your ideas some oxygen…both literally and figuratively! With access to an outdoor workspace, you can step away from your desk without letting your work fall behind. Whether you’re brainstorming with a colleague, concentrating on a big project, or having a conversation with a client, outdoor workspaces allow you to get fresh air and be productive all at once.

So, why should you hop on this outdoor workspace trend?

To name a few reasons, working outside can:

  • Relieve stress and anxiety
  • Calm nerves
  • Spark creativity and inspiration
  • Enhance overall mental and physical wellbeing
  • Improve concentration and memory
  • Increase happiness and motivation
  • Promote employee flexibility

As stated in Work Design Magazine, “Nature has a profound impact on creating a happy, healthy and productive work environment, which is more important than ever as companies are looking for ways to entice employees back to the office. Enhancing the outdoors to create more workable areas and bringing the outdoors in with biophilia and natural light are ways to improve quality of life in a workplace environment and promote flexibility in a formerly traditional office.”

Now, we know what you may be thinking… “Working outside seems great, but what about logistics like internet connection, access to technology and protection from the sun?”

To put it simply, NBS has you covered! We recently partnered with Renson, a Belgium-based company that creates pergolas of supreme quality, durability, minimalistic design and endless personalization. Working with Renson and drawing on our interior integration skills, we can transform your basic patio, rooftop or courtyard into a productive and inspiring workspace that can accommodate for more than just a quick lunch break. To provide the most seamless and unique outdoor work experience, we can help you choose the perfect outdoor structure, furniture, shading solutions and planters for your space, and integrate it with the proper technology solutions and power.

“After over 100 years of being a family-owned business, we are still committed and equipped to stay a worldwide pioneer and trendsetter in outdoor living concepts,” explained Peter Chlebogiannis, Marketing Manager USA at Renson. “We believe that our designs bring people closer to nature and create healthier spaces.”

NBS Patio Renderings


Since we strongly believe in the benefits of working outside, we are currently in the process of redesigning our own outdoor workspace at our NBS Troy location. Our new patio will allow our team to feel both energized and relaxed, featuring a beautiful Renson structure and comfortable, durable furniture from Extremis. With integrated technology tools like a wall mounted display and Barco ClickShare, we’ll be able to conveniently switch from presenting a project to kicking back and watching a ball game within seconds.

Interested in creating an outdoor workspace, but don’t know where to start? Contact us today to learn more about how we can extend your office to the outdoors and create an amazing destination for your employees.