Are you feeling stressed, tired, depressed in the office? Are the cold mornings and dark evenings catching up with you? Not to worry, we have the answer to all your problems. An office plant!
Not only can an office plant be aesthetically pleasing and improve the overall look of an office, it can actually improve your health. According to a NASA study, a plant in the office can help clean the air and therefore improve your health.
Some plants clean the air more than others. The spathiphyllum is more commonly known as the peace lily cleans the air and removes mold. It’s an office favorite, as it is easy to care for flowers all year round and has many health benefits.
Having a plant in the office also helps reduce stress! In a study by Helen Russell at Surrey University, they put a group of people in a room filled with plants and made them sit a difficult test. They measured their heart rate and blood pressure and compared it to people who completed the same test without the plants.
The results were that the group of people in the room filled with plants had a lower heart rate/blood pressure than those who were in a room with no plants.
In a study conducted in 2010 by the Nursery and Garden Industry, you could see the reductions that were recorded when plants were present in the office:
Tension/Anxiety – 37% reduction
Depression/Dejection – 58% reduction
Anger/Hostility – 44% reduction
Fatigue – 38% reduction
During research trials in the UK, it was shown that workers surrounded by plants were able to complete computer-based tasks with a reaction time that was 12% faster than test groups that didn’t have plants surrounding them. The research gathered also suggested that tending to potted plants also helps to improve focus over of a typical working day, improving the concentration and attention to detail.
Do you have any office plants?
Office plants can make your office more comfortable, it is vital that you make your workplace as comfortable as possible, to get the best out of everyone.
The benefits of having plants in the office are proven, you have no excuses now. Brighten up the winter months and improve employee well being. Enjoy the clean fresh air and get planting!