Plants in the Office and their Benefits

We spend a great deal of time in our offices. It is vitally important for employers and employees a like to consider ways to improve their office environments for everyone working within them and to project a favourable corporate image to clients who pay a visit.

One of the proven methods for improving office environments is the installation of plant displays. The benefits of installing office plants are plenty and can impact directly on the positive day to day ambience of the work environment and productivity levels.

There are aesthetic considerations to be made. The average office interior, complete with solid partitions, repetitive lines of desk spaces and scores of computer monitors can be a rather drab welcoming sight for workers. Breaking up the artificial scenery with living plants can have an uplifting effect and reduce feelings of being within a confined interior space.

The uplifting effects of office plants have been proven to reduce stress levels which naturally occur in the fast paced hustle and bustle of today’s business environment. As stress levels are one of the key causes of absenteeism in the workplace, the calming effect of office plants is a direct positive action toward maintaining productivity levels by nurturing a pleasant atmosphere.

Similarly, stress and loss of concentration caused by a noisy office can be tackled by carefully selecting plants such as the Peace Lily or Weeping Fig whose sound absorption qualities are well established.

Aside from the important aesthetic and psychological benefits to be gained, there are also direct physical health benefits to consider.

Low levels of air humidity combined with inevitable air pollution building from toxins are a genuine threat to the office workforce’s health. Constant exposure can cause a number of ailments including nausea, respiratory conditions and allergies which can damage a worker’s health, cause absence and therefore impact on productivity.

Dry atmospheres make workers more prone to catching colds and other illnesses, so the humidity naturally generated by plants greatly improves the sanitation of the office. Many office plants also absorb and neutralise airborne pollutants, providing a natural antidote to chemical toxins. Plants proven by a NASA study to reduce airborne pollution include Bamboo Palms, Spider Plants and Lady Palms.

Now consider your own work environment and bear in mind the benefits highlighted. There are great gains to be reaped from office greenery.