We are trying everything to make our site a green one. Indoor plants, living walls and open courtyards in the office have more benefits than just the aesthetic. Office space has the blank canvas to make it your own, be creative, inspire innovation and drive productivity.
There are certain design elements you can expect in a modern office space: open floor plans, motivational slogans, coffee stations and, in many cases, vibrant office greenery. A lot of companies in 2022 are incorporating indoor plants and landscaping into their office layouts. Studies have shown that simply adding some greenery in the form of indoor plants can have major positive benefits for employees and their organisations. Don’t forget about those working from home too – the same goes here! Below are a couple of reasons why you should invest in some plants for your own desk, office, or your wider workplace which we would always encourage on our site!
Plants help to reduce stress
Studies have shown that significant reductions in stress have been found among workers when plants were introduced to their office space. Proponents of colour psychology argue that the colour green has a relaxing and calming effect – so decorating areas of your office with this shade could potentially have a similar affect to introducing plants to the office.
Plants help to increase productivity
Adding just one plant per square meter improved retention and helped employees score higher on other basic tests, according to research by the University of Exeter. If you are working in an environment when there is something to get you engaged, you are happier and you work better.
Plants help to reduce sickness and absence rates
Some experts argue that adding plants to the office environment can help to reduce the risk of sick building syndrome. A small study by the Agricultural University of Norway found that the introduction of plants to one office was liked to a 25% decrease in symptoms of ill health, including fatigue, concentration problems, dry skin, and irritation around the eyes.
Plants clean the air
While humans need oxygen to survive, plants absorb carbon dioxide, which we don’t need, and combine it with water and light to produce energy in a process called photosynthesis.
It has been discovered that plants were adept at removing chemicals such as benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde from the air, making it cleaner for humans to breathe.
There are many reasons plants not only bring varying rich shades of green to your office but also by incorporating plant life into the design of your workspace, your staff will be able to enjoy nature’s beauty and the many physical and psychological benefits of office plants. We don’t expect everyone to start a secret garden in their office, but a few green leaves here and there can have a significant impact.