“Economy does not lie in sparing money, but in spending it wisely.” Thomas Huxley
Considering the amount of evidence which supports the ability of indoor plants to improve productivity and reduce absenteeism in a working environment, it has become critically important to ensure that provision is made for these when preparing the annual budget.
One of the challenges facing today’s management teams is how to ensure optimum utilisation of an organisations’ human resource assets. Indoor plants, due to their proven ability to clean polluted air and reduce stress, have become a valuable tool when it comes to improving team performance.
Plants help to create and maintain a high performance work environment
It’s a tough world out there, one that is expensive to operate in and one where new challenges are faced on a daily basis. To maintain the high level of performance required for continuing success, office planners need to ensure that staff have access to a suitable environment – one that encourages and allows workers to operate at the highest level.
In an article published by the Arizona Facilities Magazine, it is stated that productivity can improve by as much as 12% where indoor plants are present and also reduce absenteeism by as much as 60%. This is supported by a study by Professor B. C. Wolverton of NASA which showed that indoor plants have the ability to reduce work related illness thorough their ability to removing up to 87% of indoor air pollutants. These studies show a direct correlation between clean air; a psychologically pleasing environment and improved productivity.
Treat workers as the most important assets
In their book, In Search of Excellence, Tom Peters and Robert Waterman refer to a fundamental lesson that can be learned from top organisations when they say “if you want productivity and the financial reward that goes with it, you must treat your workers as your most important asset.” If we consider the abovementioned studies, it would be foolhardy to cut expenditure on what has been identified as an effective way to improve productivity and reduce stress.
Take job stress seriously
According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, the nature of work is changing at whirlwind speed, perhaps now more than ever before. Job stress poses a threat to the health of workers. Stress related illness, the harmful physical and emotional responses that occur under stressful conditions, can lead to poor health and even injury.
Few modern organisations will perform efficiently when faced with increased absenteeism and reduced productivity. Whether this is caused by stress related symptoms; polluted air; or the low morale of employees, the modern studies all support the use of indoor plants as a low cost solution that is readily available to modern management teams.
Indoor plants are no longer just nice-to-have items that decorate the working environment. They play an extremely important function in improving workforce output and ensuring that an organisation is fully equipped to operate in the increasingly competitive modern business environment.
Courtesy: Interior Plantscapers Association