The Healthy Benefits of Having Plants in the Office!

Hadland Care Group have been introducing plants into their offices. Plants in the office are proven to have many healthy benefits which include:

Reduces stress – In a study conducted in 2010, significant reductions were recorded where plants were located in the office. Including; Tension/Anxiety – 37% reduction, Depression/Dejection – 58% reduction, Anger/Hostility – 44% reduction and Fatigue – 38% reduction

Increases productivity – Productivity is known to be improved by plants, cognitive tasks, concentration and focus will all be improved, therefore increasing productivity within our workforce. In numerous studies conducted it has been found that fewer mistakes are made, tasks are completed faster and, in the case of our staff working on computers, productivity increased by between 10%-15%. The higher level of concentration can be attributed to the plants’ ability to reduce excess carbon dioxide in the air.

Reduces sickness and absence – Having plants in an office environment has been reported to reduce absence by up to 50%, and reduce minor illness by 30%. Reducing absence within our company will maintain productivity.

Creates a better working environment – We spend the majority of our working day in the office environment and it’s important that our staff should feel comfortable. Office plants not only improve office surroundings for our staff, they also provide a more welcoming place for our clients and visitors.

Provides cleaner air to breathe – By introducing one plant per three staff air quality can be improved within the office. Carbon dioxide (CO2) can be reduced by 50% as well as a reduction in the dust, bacteria and mould which would otherwise be inhaled by our employees. Dust levels in our workplace will be reduced by up to 20% by the plants we have introduced to our offices. There will also be a significant reduction in manmade toxins which are created by plastics, paint, furniture, carpets, and certain cleaning products.

Reduces noise – Another advantage of plants is their ability to reduce ambient noise as much as 5 decibels. Background noise, which could otherwise be distracting, is reduced allowing our staff to concentrate on their work.

Increased creativity – In one study, plants were seen to increase creativity by 15%. One theory suggests that plants being present invoke our ancient instincts that there is food nearby (berries, fruit etc.) and so we relax, become calmer, are happier and more creative.

Our office will become more calming with plants present for our staff and visitors. Plants are interesting, colourful and relaxing. The effects aren’t just psychological either, there are physical effects too such as lowered blood pressure which is a proven benefit of a greener office. Plants also make us more aware of our surroundings and help our staff feel more comfortable and this, in turn, reduces stress.

Which plants thrive in an office environment? – Keeping plants in an office environment requires some forethought due to certain environmental conditions such as air conditioning, periods where the office is empty etc.
Some plants which will thrive include:

  • Aloe
  • Spider plants
  • Cactus
  • Succulents
  • Ivy
  • Rubber plant
  • Peace lily

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