My partner is a horticulturalist and serious plant man. The Smack Bang studio is consequently filled with green delights and flowering brights. Apart from the fact that it takes me half a day to water our mini amazon, there are so many reasons why I love hanging out with mother nature at work. Little pockets of green make for healthier, happier, and consequently more productive and creative, employees.
Here are some reasons why you too should adopt some greenery for your workspace;
A 2004 Study by Washington State University found that students working in a computer lab containing plants were 12% more efficient than students having a crack at the same tasks in a room that was completely foliage-free. The blood pressure level of the students in the “green” lab were also lower.
For some people, plants in the workplace help reduce stress. The natural look of the plants provides a comfortable, relaxing touch to the office. When a person is less stressed, she is better able to handle her workplace duties. The lowered stress through the use of plants may increase an employee’s productivity and job satisfaction.
The clean-green-plant-machines constantly work to purify the air around you. They absorb nasty pollutants and provide clean air, improving the quality of the air within the office. Plants that work particularly hard at creating a healthier workspace are English ivy, spider plant, bamboo palm, philodendron, weeping fig and dracaena.
Plants add moisture to the air and lower the temperature slightly. According to a study from Washington State University, plants can bring the humidity level of an office environment to match the recommended comfort range of 30% to 60%. With greenery present, employees feel more comfortable and at ease in the workspace.
As well as improving your workspace environment, taking care of your green friends on a regular basis reminds you of how important it is to care for our Mother Earth. Let’s face it, we all need a little reminder every now and then!