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Are Office Plants Improving Employee Wellbeing?

Are Office Plants Improving Employee Wellbeing?

You don’t have to be an environmental psychologist to understand that office plants can look eye-catching and welcoming. 

When you dig deeper beneath their beauty, why would you discover that the benefits of indoor plants go far beyond the aesthetic?

Our Love of Plants

We seem to have an association with flowers, plants and trees.

Most of us know instinctively that being close to greenery makes us feel more at ease with our surroundings, which is why we like to have them in our homes.

This suggests that we should have a connection with office plants when we are at work.

Studies continue to tell us that interior plants are good for buildings and people in a variety of subtle ways.

Office Plants at Work

Interior landscaping plays a vital role in providing a pleasant and tranquil environment in which to move, work or relax. Office plants have also been shown to reduce staff sickness and increase productivity.

Some of the proven benefits to businesses include:

  • Enhanced indoor environment quality
  • Improved workplace efficiency
  • Improved visitor perceptions
  • Helping people find their way around buildings and large spaces
  • Reduced dust levels
  • Increased customer spend

We experience less stress when there are plants around us. Buildings are also quieter and more relaxed but, at the same time, more stimulating and interesting.

A substantial body of academic research has shown conclusively that interior landscaping has dramatic effects on the wellbeing of building occupants

Office plants make people more productive, take fewer sick days, make fewer mistakes and they are happier when their environment is enhanced by interior landscaping.

Patients in hospitals benefit greatly from being more in touch with nature and there is even evidence to show that students perform better when the ambience of the learning environment is improved.”

So how could office plants improve employee wellbeing at your workplace?