You might be forgiven for thinking that plants in the office are just to pretty things up a bit and you’d be right,
but there’s a few more reasons for having plants in your office.
Some of them are pretty hefty reasons we think…
1. PLANTS IMPROVE AIR QUALITY
They take the bad stuff out of the atmosphere and then put the good stuff back in. The ultimate air filter, they remove carbon dioxide, toxins and dust particles. They also increase both oxygen and humidity levels, helping us to function better and decreasing itchy eyes and runny noses while you’re working. A really simple solution to combating Sick Building Syndrome. NASA -no less- has proven that indoor plants can remove 87% of air toxins in a 24 hour period, that’s a pretty impressive stat!
2. PLANTS IMPROVE ACOUSTICS
Plants are a really aesthetic way to reduce noise in your office space. Hard surfaces and a busy workforce can mean there’s a lot of sound bouncing about. A focal centrepiece of planting, an expanse of green wall or even just a small table top plant can all help minimise background chit chat, and absorb unwanted noise.
3. PLANTS ARE THERAPEUTIC
It sounds a bit fluffy, but it’s true; Plants make people happy. They help us feel calmer and more present. This is the magic of “Biophilia”: the direct link between nature and a sense of well being. Back to the science once again: studies have consistently proven that plants can lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety and decrease fatigue. Invaluable benefits in making your office a really healthy place to work.
4. PLANTS IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY
Did you know the connection with nature in your environment can shift the brain into a different processing mode? This degree of nature induced relaxation means employees are able to concentrate better, retain information better and in turn be more productive and creative. Who doesn’t want a bit more of that?
5. PLANTS BOOST IMMUNITY
If we feel more relaxed our immune systems function more effectively. Plants also have the added bonus of emitting Phytoncides. Plants and trees release phytoncides into the atmosphere as part of their metabolic process. These positive chemicals kickstart our bodies into producing more killer cells that fight off infections. Fewer colds and viruses, yes please!