With the return to in-office work, many employers are trying to find ways to make their workplaces more attractive, productive and healthier. If you’re among them, you might consider pulling in natural elements, like plants into your office. Here’s why:
1. They’re stress busters.
Science tells us that plants can reduce tension, anxiety, depression and even curb anger and hostility. Some workers reported increased energy levels, too. It makes sense, because the color green is associated with calm. That means incorporating plants into an office environment can be a boon to morale.
After months of working in sometimes dark home offices, workers are looking for more natural light (a condition conducive to growing plants). In a job seeker’s market, they’re going to prioritize roles that fit their skill set but also have aesthetic appeal. For instance, surveys indicate that a third of jobseekers say that workplace design and environment would influence their decision to join a company.
There’s more interest in indoor air quality now more than ever, in part because of the pandemic. Did you know that plants can play a role in helping your employee breath a little better? Now for the good news? Scientists discovered that plants are natural air purifiers. In other words, plants make it a little easier to breathe in indoor environments. Even a modest-sized plant can make a big difference in air quality. This is especially beneficial to people with respiratory conditions who may be sensitive to dust and other allergens.
Does your office get loud when people gather? This can negatively impact focus and concentration. By absorbing sounds, plants can help to drown out such background noise. It’s a good idea to place larger planters in multiple locations in the edges and corners of a room is a proven strategy to create buffers.
Plants don’t just look good — they can provide a mental boost, too. A study from Washington State University looked at the relationship between greenery and positive outcomes in an office setting. There’s also evidence that natural elements can make us more relaxed, thus putting our brains in problem-solving mode.