Aside from instantly brightening up a room with lovely shades of green, adding plants to your workspace has legitimate benefits for the office and your employees.
Here are just a few of the benefits of going green in the office:
Plants reduce stress
Completely eliminating stress in the workplace is probably close to impossible, however, the presence of plants seems to lessen the effects. A number of studies have been conducted that indicate indoor plants can reduce stress levels in work environments and stress-related conditions such as anxiety, depression, fatigue and hostility. This could be due to the fact that the natural look of the plants make the workplace appear more calm and relaxing. If employees are less stressed, productivity levels and job satisfaction tend to rise in the workplace.
Plants increase productivity
An Exeter University study found that employees were 15% more productive when working in a ‘green’ office than their peers in more spartan environments. A green office appeared to provide a boost to employee engagement, concentration levels and perceived air quality, all showing a rise after the introduction of plants into the office.
Co-author Dr Craig Knight, of Psychology at the University of Exeter said “Psychologically manipulating real workplaces and real jobs adds new depth to our understanding of what is right and what is wrong with existing workspace design and management. We are now developing a template for a genuinely smart office”. According to Knight, adding just one plant per square metre improved memory retention and helped employees score higher on other basic tests.
Plants are air cleansing
Office plants improve air quality by removing harmful pollutants. Common toxic culprits such as mold, dust mites and carbon monoxide are absorbed into the leaves, taking them into the roots which as a result, cleans the contaminated air. Just one plant can clean 30m2 of air! They also stabilise humidity levels and have been shown to reduce the symptoms of ‘sick building syndrome’.
Plants are aesthetically pleasing
Not only do they help reduce stress, clean the air and make us feel more relaxed and productive, plants can play a huge role in the overall interior design of your office space. Providing plants for the office offers both customers and colleagues a visually enhanced perception of your space, conveying a positive brand image to visitors.
TIP: Limited on space? Try hanging baskets. By attaching plants to the ceiling or mounting them on posts, you can green up small offices without giving up valuable floor space.
Where can you stock up on plants to create your very own urban jungle?
Head down to NGNG on Fore Street or Hutch on Paris Street, both in Exeter City Centre.