Water works wonders

Aug 30 2006 by Brian Amble Print This Article

Workplaces that are close to water could well help to create more productive and motivated staff, a Scottish report has suggested.

Office developments close to rivers, docks and canals got the thumbs up from staff in a survey of more than 2,000 workers by Glasgow Caledonian University.

One in three of those who worked near Glasgow's River Clyde in the International Financial Services District believed that proximity to water made them more productive.

Dr Cynthia McVey, a health psychologist based at Glasgow Caledonian University, told the BBC that water created "a feeling of space and well-being" and increased "openness to creativity".

She added: "Water adds to the working environment in a very positive way. Just being by water is both relaxing and stimulating."

"People who can look out of their office windows across water feel less confined by their workplace.

"They are more likely to feel positive about their work and more valued."