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Five benefits of having plants in your office

The right plants can enrich your office space in so many ways, from enhancing its aesthetic appeal to literally improving the air that you breathe. Here are give good reasons to invest in plants to make your workspace greener, and how this will benefit both business owners and their teams.

 
1. Increased productivity levels
Plant in an open office
 Photographer: Alesia Kazantceva | Source: Unsplash
According to a study undertaken by Cardiff University’s School of Psychology, teams perform better when they are surrounded by greenery. Lead researcher, Marlon Nieuwenhuis 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”. The study found that this simple and inexpensive addition to an office space can boost work output by as much as 15%.
 
To learn more about productivity in the workplace, check out our article about noise pollution.
 
2. Stress reduction
green bokeh and purple sharpnes
 Photographer: Jonas Kaiser | Source: Unsplash
Offices are usually not considered to be the most tranquil of spaces – introducing plants can be a great way to create peace for your team while also helping to improve their concentration.
 
Stress can have a significant impact on employee health and cause frequent absences. This is why many modern businesses are actively looking to mitigate psychological pressure wherever they can.
 
Studies show many people find greenery relaxing for a number of reasons. Herbs can also help: lavender is thought to lower anxiety and stress, whilst rosemary can help improve memory.
 
3. Create a green identity
Skyline of a city
 Photographer: Jessie Brown | Source: Unsplash
Environmental awareness is an increasingly important topic, and more sustainably conscious companies will be more successful at attracting and retaining top talent. Office plants or a rooftop garden can help make the introduction tour of your office a more pleasant and welcoming experience.
 
4. Improve oxygen supply
Spider plant
 Photographer: Kara Eads | Source: Unsplash
Pollutants from formaldehyde to carbon monoxide can be responsible for a range of health conditions including headaches, fatigue and allergies. A study conducted by NASA identified 50 different species of houseplant that can help improve air quality, some of the highest performing included: rubber plants, Areca palms, lady palms and bamboo palm. The Snake Plant or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue are apparently amongst the most hardy.
 
If you're interested in creating a healthier space, click here to understand why air quality is so important, and take a look at our use case with the Met Office, where indoor air quality monitoring drove huge savings. 
 
5. The aesthetics
Artistic shot of a plant in a clear vase
 Photographer: Sarah Dorweiler | Source: Unsplash
The decorative value of healthy flowers and plants is obvious – they can make any space look more welcoming to visitors and the people who occupy it. Effective uses include arranging greenery to create hideaway areas for people to make calls or work independently and/or planters to provide individuals with more privacy.
 
It’s easy enough to integrate plants into your office, even in older or smaller spaces: why not get started now and see the effects for yourself!