5 good reasons to have plants in your office

The right plants can enrich your working space in so many ways; from enhancing its aesthetic appeal; to literally improving the air that you breathe!

Here is an overview to explain why business owners and their teams benefit from making their spaces greener.

Higher productivity

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 concluded that this simple and inexpensive addition to an office space can boost work output by as much as 15%!!

Stress reduction

Offices are usually not considered to be the most tranquil of spaces, so introducing plants can be a great way to instil a sense of peace on your team, while also helping to improve their concentration. Accumulated stress can affect health and cause frequent absences, which is why many modern businesses are actively looking to mitigate psychological pressure wherever they can.

Studies show many people find greenery relaxing; Lavender is thought to lower anxiety and stress, whereas Rosemary can help improve memory.

The Aesthetics

The decorative value of healthy flowers and plants is self-evident, 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 create ample free space for plants, even in older or smaller spaces.

Green identity

Environmental awareness is trending up, and Companies with an eco-friendly image stand a greater chance of attracting and retaining top talent. Plants or a rooftop garden can help make the introduction tour of your office a more pleasant and welcoming experience.

Better oxygen supply

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.  Whilst, for all you non-gardeners, the Snake Plant or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue are apparently amongst the most hardy!

For optimal effect, studies suggest you should have at least one plant per 100 square feet of home or office space, although the exact figures depend on the species of plants as well as the size of your team.

Working in an environment that consistently records high levels of CO2 can impact your cognitive function to the same degree as two pints of beer! Lowering CO2 levels will make your team more productive, and achieving this may be easier than you think!

Monitoring CO2 levels in frequently used rooms can help you understand their ideal capacity ie If a 6 person meeting room is recording levels above 1000 ppm at full occupancy, compared to 600 ppm when it is only used by 4 people, it is probably worth re-evaluating its use. In many cases the solution to improving air quality is as simple as opening a window or decorating your space with the right greenery.

Are you curious about the oxygen levels inside your office? Would you like to know how much CO2 is there in the air? Metrikus can provide you with precise answers.

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