Bringing in greenery and plants for a healthy workplace is positive and beneficial. There are tangible rewards for giving your workplace a touch of nature.
There have been numerous case studies, but they all agree. We have plants in individual offices and shared areas here at Teamwork.com HQ and this photo is of one office’s windowsill with succulents, terrariums, and dinosaurs (don’t worry, they’re plastic miniatures).
The modern workplace is different not only because of the presence of technology, but also the focus on people. For an office to truly be a success, it must focus on the employees’ needs just as much as the workflow and collaboration process.
For many companies, kitchen and dining areas, windows, and artwork offer the standard amount of pleasantness one would expect from a place we spend about one-third of our lives.
However, some offices go the extra mile and seek out ways to not just look cool, but be healthy. And as crazy as it sounds, plants are the most cost-effective and ecological option to accomplish that goal.
It’s true, the air you breathe is better when plants are by your side. There was an actual study conducted by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) determining which specific indoor plants may naturally detoxify the air around them.
Ideally, this is achieved by having plants throughout your home, with one plant for every 100 square feet of indoor space.
You know how an empty room or a tiled restaurant is louder than one with furnishings or carpeting? The same concept correlates with the placement of plants for noise reduction. The bark, stems, leaves, and even soil each do their part to absorb sounds, contributing to a quieter work environment.
Especially in an office in which windows with a scenic view are few and far between (or nonexistent), indoor plants can simulate nature and help reduce the stress of those around the greenery.
This was especially visible after an employee’s task was underway or even completed, according to a study conducted by Virginia I. Lohr, Caroline H. Pearson-Mims, and Georgia K. Goodwin of the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. Their findings were published in the Journal of Environmental Horticulture (June 1996).
In addition to the companionship of a plant, the draw to care for it may contribute to fewer absences from the workplace. Overall, including live greenery in your office plan is a winning idea that can do more good than harm. Just beware when you water that Venus Flytrap or prickly cactus.
Do you have a plant in your office?