Got greens? Research has underlined the benefits of having plants in your workspace. Following are a few of the known perks:
1. They can help curb stress.
Studies have shown that plants can reduce tension, anxiety, depression and even lessen anger and hostility. Some workers reported less fatigue, too. It makes sense, because the color green is known to have a relaxing effect. So plants in and of themselves as elements of the office environment can be a boon to morale.
2. They make workspaces more attractive to talent.
The open office environment associated with Silicon Valley companies is attractive for a reason. Workers want natural light (a condition conducive to growing plants), yet such office environments are more the exception than the rule. Surveys indicate that a third of jobseekers say that workplace design and environment would influence their decision to join a company.
3. They clean the air.
Scientists discovered that plants were natural air purifiers, removing chemicals such as benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde from the air. In other words, plants make it a little easier to breathe in indoor environments. Even a medium-sized plant can make a big difference in air quality. This is especially beneficial to people with conditions like asthma.
4. They help to reduce noise levels.
Is your office a hub of activity? This isn’t great for concentration. By absorbing sounds, plants help to offset the distracting effects of background office chatter. Positioning larger planters in multiple locations in the edges and corners of a room is a proven strategy for creating a quieter office environment.
5. They can boost creativity.
The 2015 Human Spaces report found that employees whose offices included natural elements reported 15 percent higher scores in the area of creativity. A supporting theory suggests that even looking at natural elements can make us more relaxed, thus putting our brains in a different mode conducive for innovative thinking.
Of course, plants are only as good as their care and maintenance. They need TLC to thrive. Stop wasting money replacing plants. We know how to care for indoor plants and make them last. Consider us as part of your employee retention and attraction strategy! Give us a call today at (678) 203-0324and we’ll take care of the details.