In a 2014 study, psychologists concluded that the most toxic spaces are those without pictures, windows or plants. Studies have should that going green – with actual plants and greenery – in the office has numerous benefits for the occupants. One of the best reasons to introduce plants into your workspace is that they have been shown to reduce stress. According to reports, instances of depression, anxiety, anger and fatigue are reduced by up to 50% when plants are located in the work environment. Spaces that incorporate greenery into their layouts automatically appear more calming and relaxing to an occupant.
Plants provide a cleaner workplace as well. By introducing one plant per every three employees, air quality is improved and CO2 is reduced. Furthermore, dust levels and allergens can be reduced up to 20%. Bacteria and mold, which could be potentially inhaled, are also reduced by the presence of plant life. As a bonus, it has been determined that plants can reduce dry skin. Here’s to looking healthier!
When plants are brought into the office, memory retention improves substantially. Psychologically, if you are working in an environment you find interesting and calming, you will be happier and more focused. Speaking of focus, plants help to reduce distractions due to office noise. If placed strategically, a small plant will reduce noise by five decibels. Creativity flourishes by the addition of plants too – it is believed that since plants calm us, we let down the barriers and think more freely.
What are the best plants to introduce into the office? Due to office hours, there are a few species that thrive in the workplace including:
- Spider plants
- Peace lily