An increasing trend for employers is an investment in their employees’ health and well-being. Several companies are accomplishing this by adding corporate gardens.
Employees are encouraged to take time out of the work day to spend time in, and tend, their gardens. The results have been positive, with employees reporting reduced stress levels, and improved cognitive function as a result of taking a break from their desks and screens during the day.
The food produced from the gardens is often donated, given to employees, or served in company cafeterias; Boston Medical Center’s rooftop garden is poised to produce 15,000 of food this growing season, some of which is served to hospital patients.
Research shows that employees value companies that give back to the community; an opportunity to volunteer their time in a garden from which food is donated can be seen as an employee incentive.
Blue Cross Blue Shield has installed corporate gardens in two of its campuses and is currently developing metrics to measure the positive impact they have on employees. Thus far the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
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