From NASA to renowned Universities across the globe, there has been copious and ever-increasing research that demonstrates that plants in the workplace help reduce stress, enhance employee attitudes and improve air quality.
It has been proven that office workers who could even see a plant from their desk feel less stressed and that only one plant is needed to make a difference to mood. But recent studies have shown that plants in the workspace can provide immediate financial benefits to businesses, making interior plants a solid return on investment and a must for any office. How could they possibly do this?
Plants cool by a process called transpiration which, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, decreases air temperature in offices by ten degrees and creates a humidity level not too dry or moist. They say the net cooling effect of one young healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20- hours a day, and proper selection and placement of plants can lower heating and cooling costs by as much as 20%.
New data published by World Health Organisation found that indoor air in sealed office buildings can be 100 times more polluted than outdoor air, and that in 2012, one in eight deaths globally were caused by poor indoor air quality. Plant foliage absorbs up to 50-60% of pollutants, dust, mould and bacteria from the air, improving worker health and quality of life and providing bottom line savings on sick leave expenses.
In 2014, researchers from Cardiff University in the UK found that introducing greenery to workplaces led to a 15% rise in output over just 3 months. Findings indicated that a green working environment is consistently more enjoyable for employees, more conducive to concentration, reduces noise and is more productive for business. The research suggests that investing in landscaping the office with plants will pay off just through an increase in office workers’ productivity, and demonstrating more cost benefits over the long term.
Indoor plants cost less than most alternative corporate decor choices and offer a guarantee of positively enhancing perception. England’s Oxford Brookes University found that clients and employees perceive a building with interior planting as more expensive- looking, more welcoming and more relaxed.
Mascot Planter Boxes from Accent Furniture Group are a chic and easy way to get plants into your workspace. They include a waterproof acrylic liner, come in three different lengths and are designed to fit to the top of tambour units for a cohesive and contemporary look. Enquire about Mascot Planter Boxes today to immediately reap the benefits of plants of your workspace by calling us now on 0800 126 826 or email us from our contact page.
GREAT PLANTS FOR THE OFFICE
Lemon Balm – Super-fragrant lemon balm plants can tolerate full sun or full shade, meaning they’ll be happy even if the nearest window is all the way across the office. Its sweet smell can enhance moods in stressful office environments.
Golden pothos – Another top air-cleaner, Golden pothos are famously low-maintenance. Better Homes & Gardens called the variety “one of the best indoor plants for low-light situations” – making it perfect for your desk.
Peace Lily – These lilies love the shade, and according to NASA research, remove more volatile organic compounds from the air than nearly any other plant.
Spider plant – Perfect for high shelves and hanging baskets, the low-maintenance spider plant thrives in partial sun or shade, cleanses the air, boosts relative humidity and decreases allergen-causing dust.