Benefits of Plants
Traditionally, indoor plants and containers have been placed in offices purely for their aesthetic qualities. Whilst this is still a major part of their appeal, there is a growing acceptance of the part they play in improving air quality in sealed buildings and reducing the incidence of sick building syndrome.
Our indoor environments have a major impact on our well-being and comfort. The benefits of plants have been proven through countless studies to reduce stress levels, increase productivity and enhance creativity.
“Analyses into the reasons why plants are beneficial suggests that a green office increases employees' work engagement by making them more physically, cognitively, and emotionally involved in their work.”
“A UK study found bringing plants into the workplace increased productivity by 15%. Meanwhile, a US study found 10% of employee sick days could be explained by a lack of nature and natural light in the office.”
(Why plants in the office make us more productive - University of Exeter, 2014)
Stress & Anxiety
Plants can have a calming effect because they're familiar and offer much less complex visual stimuli in a world where people are bombarded by noise, movement and visual complexity.
One recent study found that “both passive and active involvement with plants in the workplace contributes to mitigation of office worker stress and fatigue.”
(Potential of a Small Indoor Plant on the Desk for Reducing Office Workers’ Stress - University of Hyogo, 2019)
“Being surrounded by natural green plants enables employees and co-workers to think more freely. The introduction of plants in the office can also help people feel more comfortable in the workplace, replacing old, stale office surroundings with fresh, natural elements. Employees will feel like the environment is completely new, more inviting, and open for creative thinking.”
(Benefits of Plants in the Office: Increased Creativity - Scott Madsen, 2019)