This is an interesting read for those (like most of us) who work in an office.
Reposted from the daily mail.
How plants in the office help workers to flourish: Greenery in the workplace can increase production by 15%
- Staff concentration and satisfaction increased once plants were introduced
- This may be because foliage absorbs pollutants, dust and bugs from the air
- Some studies suggest pot plants can reduce number of sick days taken
Putting plants in the office makes workers more productive, a study shows. Psychologists found that introducing greenery to spartan workplaces led to a 15 per cent rise in output.
Staff concentration and satisfaction increased and they said the air quality had improved. This may be because foliage absorbs pollutants, dust and bugs from the air.
Researchers from Cardiff University monitored two large commercial offices in the UK and Holland. After plants were brought in, overall productivity improved by 15 per cent within three months, they report in the Journal of Experimental Psychology.
The study reported: ‘Data from the present findings indicate that a green working environment is consistently more enjoyable for employees, more conducive to concentration, and more productive for the business than its lean equivalent.
‘Indeed, simply enriching a previously spartan space with plants served to increase productivity by 15 per cent.’
Lead researcher Marlon Nieuwenhuis, from Cardiff University’s school of psychology, said: ‘Our research suggests that investing in landscaping the office with plants will pay off through an increase in office workers’ quality of life and productivity.
‘Although previous laboratory research pointed in this direction, our research is, to our knowledge, the first to examine this in real offices, showing benefits over the long term.
‘It directly challenges the widely accepted business philosophy that a lean office with clean desks is more productive.’
I agree with this wholeheartedly. I feel 10X better when I can work around plants and flowers. If you have a stale looking office I urge you to give it a try. It’s great mood lift.