Everyone loves plants – they are beautiful, green, luscious and remind us of the great outdoors, vacations and tropical paradises. But how often do you see them in your office? There has been an emerging trend in recent years (for good reason) to bring more plant life into the office and we have explored their benefits and why we have incorporated plant life as a key offering in the Uneebo Comfort Range.
Psychology & Physical Benefits
A vast number of studies have proven that plants can have many benefits to our psychological well-being and improve our productivity in the workplace such as…
- Re-focus attention
- Positive moods
- Less tiredness
- Anxiety Reduction
Plants add color to your office spaces and can help increase job satisfaction and motivation, which sounds kind of obvious if you think about it, as who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by more natural surroundings as opposed to walls and furniture? A survey of over 200,000 employees worldwide conducted by Leesman highlighted that bringing elements of the outdoors like plants can boost work output by 15% and plant specialist Dr Margaret Burchett has said that plants can reduce physical symptoms of stress by 50% by just having one plant. It has also been identified by the University of Surrey in the UK that plants can effectively absorb noise in open plan offices, with their leaves absorbing, deflecting and refracting sound as well as absorbing smells! Plants are also great for assisting humidity levels during different seasons, cooling rooms during the summer and warming rooms during winter.
We all learnt in our biology classes that trees and plants have a major scientific purpose on earth and that is to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen for us to breathe and live, but let’s dig a little deeper. Most offices are located in densely populated cities with pollution from traffic fumes which is intensified at certain times of the day and year. This air is full of contaminants that easily finds its way into your air-tight offices’ circulation, no matter how good your air conditioning or ventilation system is. These contaminants can cause a number of distressing health issues for your employees including asthma, allergies and respiratory diseases, but also some less serious day-to-day issues such as headaches, nausea and fatigue which can impact productivity significantly. So how can plants help? In a double-blind study by Harvard University, their findings discovered that indoor environment’s with improved air quality could greatly increase the cognitive function performance of workers. Plants are essentially natural filter systems and when you add these to your air-tight office environment, they work overtime to clean the air and keep you healthy. A Norwegian study reviewed workers responses to either having plants in their office over a 2-year period and the results were outstanding when plants were present:
- Fatigue reduced by 30%
- Cough decreased by 37%
- Dry throat by 25%
- Dry or flushed skin was reduced by 23%
Plant Recommendations for your Office
We spoke to Julia Bucciero from our partner Bloomscape about the benefits to office plants and her recommendations for the plants you could choose for your office. Julia said “ “, with below being her top picks for the office:
- Fiddle leaf fig– Tall, sculptural and dramatic.
- ZZ plant– Hardy and graceful with unique, layered leaves.
- Monstera– Lively and wild with large, tropical leaves.
- Ponytail Palm– Fun, distinct and hardy.
- Ficus Danielle– Classic and sculptural with a braided trunk.
- Dracaena Janet Craig– Whimsical and low-maintenance.
- Norfolk Pine– Graceful and easy-going, with soft, delicate needles.
- Majesty Palm– Timeless and regal, with graceful, feathery fronds.