By Grace Vasquez
Some companies really do all they can to help the creativity of their employees like Apple’s new spaceship headquarters or Google’s massage rooms, nap pods and on-site doctor. Cool stuff right?
Well, now Microsoft is building their employees an elaborate tree house at its corporate headquarters in Redmond, Washington.
Animal Planet’s “Treehouse Masters” Pete Nelson designed the tree house. It sits nearly 13-feet off the ground and boasts charred-wood walls and a soaring ceiling with a round skylight with hand-carved arched double doors glide open with the swipe of an employee badge.
According to Microsoft, the space is intended to help “employees benefit from what science shows is the powerful impact of nature on creativity, focus and happiness.” I know I love sitting outside and doing nothing (can I do that if I work for Microsoft?).
According to Harvard physician Eva Selhub, co-author of “Your Brain on Nature” wrote ” it turns off the stress response, which means you have lower cortisol levels, lower heart rate and blood pressure and improved immune response.” Wow, if nature does all that then maybe it will help employees with their healthcare as well? Wonder if the cost will come down?
Anyway lucky dogs at Microsoft they now have a treehouse to “work in.” Riiight. Wink! ~grace