Office Plants affect Staff in many positive ways. Adding them to your office will certainly make the place look nicer, but what are the other benefits to your employees?
As a business owner, it’s always smart to look for ways to improve your working environment. Even the smallest changes can lead to happier employees and better productivity. Read on below to see how plants in the office can affect staff and their productivity.
How Do Office Plants Affect Your Staff?
Feeling tense? Office Plants can help!
Whether they’re small and sparse or big and bold, office plants are a great way to reduce stress in the workplace. A 2010 study by the University of Technology Sydney compared the mood profiles of staff in office spaces with and without plants. They found significant reductions across a range of stress parameters for those working around plants:
Tension/Anxiety – 37% reduction
Depression/Dejection – 58% reduction
Anger/Hostility – 44% reduction
Fatigue – 38% reduction
Confusion – 30% reduction
Change in overall negativity – 64%
Reduced stress = reduced absence
Reducing stress isn’t just a benefit for your staff. In the long term, it reduces staff illness and absences. Research also shows that indoor plant presence reduces sick leave by 20-60%. They found significant reductions in the following illness symptoms too:
Dry eyes, nose and throat – 20%
Perceptions of pain – 25%
Coughing and wheezing – 35%
Cleaner air can also contribute to the health of staff. There are a wide range of plants suitable for removing pollutants from indoor environments. Everything from carbon monoxide to faecal particles can be tackled by our leafy companions – with the majority of plants producing oxygen as they photosynthesise. These qualities are amongst the reasons that NASA uses them on its missions.
The plus points don’t stop there. Having plants in the office makes employees happier and more productive. An Exeter University study examined the impact of ‘green offices’ on staff over a month. They found that by enriching an office space with plants, they could increase productivity by around 15%.
Why? It’s partly down to morale. With plants around them, employees are more comfortable. They’re happier at work. Plants are a quick and easy way of showing staff they’re valued and making their office more appealing. These positive feelings allow them become more “physically, cognitively and emotionally involved in their work”.
Their noise reduction qualities add to productivity too. The stems, leaves and branches on plants absorb and refract sound waves. In an office, this allows for a more peaceful working environment, better concentration and improved productivity as a result.
Experience Plants in your Offices
Office Plants have a range of positive effects for you and your employees. If you want to boost your staff productivity, reduce absences and create a happier work environment, Valley Provincial can help. We provide stylish and attractive interior plants and displays to businesses across London.
Our expert team will guide you through the design process, helping you combine the right shapes, materials, sizes and colours to complement your interior. With a commitment to care for your plants after installation, we can ensure your plants continue to boost your offices for years to come. Get in touch today to find out more about how we can help you.