If you only make one simple change to your office this year, let it be this one: place plants around your workspace. Talk to any workplace consultancy in London, or any other big city firms for that matter, and they will tell you the same thing; plants are one of the most straightforward ways to drastically improve your office atmosphere.
1. Reduce stress
A happy workplace is a productive workplace and plants promote happiness – it has been proven. The UTS study showed that greenery can reduce tension and anxiety in the office by 37 per cent. It doesn’t take a whole forest to make a change either – here is an except from the study:
“This study shows that just one plant per workspace can provide a very large lift to staff spirits, and so promote wellbeing and performance.”
2. Manage conflict
The same study showed that anger and hostility in the workplace dropped by 58% – essentially revolutionising staff morale and the office atmosphere, then. This could have real, hard benefits for a business, such as reducing staff turnover and contributing to a vastly improved output.
3. Generate more energy
Trying to inspire a room full of employees can be a difficult task even at the best of times, but it is a task that is made much harder when your audience is suffering from fatigue.
However, you can reduce that problem with plants in your work place. The UTS study stated that using plants can reduce staff fatigue by 38 per cent.
4. Enjoy cleaner air
Plants help create fresh air by acting as a natural filter for potentially stuffy, crowded spaces, helping keep people alert, focused and motivated, plants act against any odours that may occur over time in an enclosed space, filtering out contamination, and cleaning and replenishing the atmosphere.
5. Reduce noise
Believe it or not, plants can actually help reduce noise in an office, too. This is extremely beneficial to workplaces that require concentration and focus and, let’s face it, that’s all offices. Their very presence helps to absorb much of the background disturbances that often occur in our shared workspaces, such as with conversation, photocopiers, typing, or kitchen clatter.
Plants are happy-making, conflict-controlling, energy-giving, oxygen-exhaling and noise-reduction green machines. What more could you want? So there you have it, five simple reasons you should add a plant to your office space. Are you on your way to the garden centre yet?