In 2014, one of the first studies into the long-term effects of office plants found a clear return on investment as employees were significantly more productive when surrounded by plants.
Lead author Marlon Nieuwenhuis said that:
simply enriching a previously Spartan space with plants served to increase productivity by 15% This identifies a pathway to a more enjoyable, more comfortable and a more profitable form of office-based working.
Humans have a natural tendency to affiliate with nature and so a biophilic design brings the outdoors in. Many studies have found blood pressure reduces when employees are in the presence of plants and as a result, they are left feeling less stressed and more energised.
Plants are not only a feature that provides colour and texture to an office design that our interior designers love to incorporate, but they offer employees a visually pleasing experience in the workplace too.
The aesthetic of vibrant green plant has led to a happier and healthier workforce as well as a positive brand image to clients and visitors to the office.
In the workplace, the vexed question of who’s going to look after the plants comes into play, and whilst a beautifully looked after Monstera is a mood booster, there’s no doubt that a brown, wilted spider plant is a mood killer!
Many businesses aren’t in a position to have real plants under a maintenance contract and don’t want to go down the plastic plant’s route for aesthetic and sustainability reasons.
It’s versatile and can offer hanging displays trailing from ceilings, lush feature walls, planters brimming with foliage and even topiary bushes and trees so that the mood boost from plants is there without the stress of maintenance.
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