5 Benefits Of Having Plants In Your Office

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Including some leafy friends in your workspace is a brilliant way to boost morale and bring some cheer to your workplace. Office plants, like office treats, are a low-cost way to brighten up the team's workday and also increase efficiency.

Continue reading to learn about certain advantages of having plants in your workplace!

1. Office plants can improve the health of employees and reduce sick days


An immediate effect that office plants can have on employee well-being is the reduction of sick days taken. Plants naturally filter toxins from the rooms that they grow in and help freshen up the place. If your office has poor ventilation, then your team may be at risk of developing the “sick building syndrome” and believe us when we say - it is a real thing! Symptoms include headaches, nausea, difficulty concentrating, and even flu-like symptoms. While plants cannot solve all of the issues associated with this office phenomenon, they will help alleviate some of the stress.

Try sprucing up your workplace with Peace Lilies, Devil’s Ivy, and Spider Plants, all common office plants that are known air purifiers and will help everyone in the office breathe a little easier.

2. Office plants can play a role in increasing productivity


Did you know that workplaces with no furniture are regarded as the “most toxic” environments for humans? According to Dr. Chris Knight and his colleagues at Exeter University, adding household plants to employees' workspaces improves their efficiency. In reality, after ten years of research, the team concluded that workers are 15% more effective when there are houseplants and decor around. What's the reason? Employees that interact with their environments produce more and have a better time keeping concentrated.

Consider putting several communal office plants in areas where employees can see them from their seats. Eye-catching varieties like the Zebra Plant, Red-Edge Dracaena, or the Bamboo Palm are great for sprucing up common spaces.

3. Certain plants can boost creativity


Creative blocks are no joke anymore. Office plants will offer inspiration if you are running out of ideas or have been stuck on the same one for too long. Bright colors and lively smells are important for ensuring that your leafy companion has a positive effect on your imagination. It’s been widely recognized that activating our senses can help open up the stream of ideas and taking the time to literally smell the flowers can help pull you out of your slump.

Try scrounging up some Hens and Chicks, Chamaedorea Elegans, or a Cypress Vine, as these plants are eye-catching and smell lovely.

4. Office plants can help absorb background noise


With open-concept workplaces dominating the workforce and the undeniable distractions that workers face when there is so much noise, having plants in the office can help absorb some of the background office chatter. This is wholly correct if the office has hard surfaces, such as exposed concrete walls or floors, so there are no other options for absorbing noise.

Positioning larger plant pots, around the edges and corners of a room is the best way to reap the benefits. Some of the taller plants include the Dragon Tree, Snake Plant, and the Weeping Fig.

5. Office plants can help reduce stress


Even if you like your job, stress is an unavoidable part of every job. When introduced into the workplace, office plants have been shown to reduce stress levels in staff. The UTS study conducted in 2010, found that offices that were spruced up with plants saw the following benefits:

  • 37% reduction in anxiety.
  • 44% reduction in office hostility.
  • Reduced chronic fatigue by nearly 40%.
  • 58% reduction in reported depression.
  • Since the green color has a calming influence, try picking up plants such as the Pincushion Cactus, the Desert Gem, or Blue Barrel Cactus.

    6. Plants Can Help Attract Talent


    Did you know that almost half of all workers work in an environment of no natural light? Furthermore, one in every five people said that they have no natural elements in their workplace. This means that many of us are operating in a gloomy, lifeless setting, which, to me, does not seem to be an attractive place to be. As a result, there is an increasing trend in prospective employers using physical space while looking for new opportunities.

    Impress prospects with natural decorations or even going for a live green wall is appropriate for your office.

    7. Office plants help reduce the use of energy


    It turns out that as plants breathe, they increase the humidity levels in the office, and will decrease the temperature inside if there are plenty of plants by 10°C (50°F) or more. One study showed that a single healthy tree can cool a building by the same amount as 20 air conditioning units working for 20 hours a day.

    To maximize this effect and reduce the use of your office air conditioning, try some larger species of indoor plants. This isn't a one-size-fits-all strategy for lowering your energy consumption, but it will help get your office started on a more environmentally sustainable route.

    Bottom Line

    These handful ways of putting office plants can help your team's overall fitness, efficiency, and innovation. You don't have to go all out right away; start with a few easy-to-care-for plants and work your way up. Begin amassing office plants and discover all the wonderful ways that they benefit your day.