Benefits of plants in the office
"if a plant is sad, Do other plants photosympathise with it?"
Plants not only bring lovely shades of green and pops of colours to an environment, they also provide mediative visual experiences which has been proven to have many positive effects to staff in a workplace, specifically an office environment.
One Australian study which was conducted in 2014, focused on the long-term effects that plants have in an office environment. After seven months, they concluded that plants significantly increase workplace satisfaction in employees, improves concentration levels and enhances air quality.
So, Farrago decided to start 2020 off by filling the office full of plants and creating a plant wall on the side of our building.
We know that it increases happiness and productivity, but how?
Indoor Plants Reduce Stress
Some psychological studies have demonstrated that the health and wellbeing of staff benefit from placing plants inside. Researchers from Washington State University found that participants blood pressure levels were lower when in the presence of indoor plants. The participants also reported feeling more attentive, less stressed and had increased productivity.
Plants clean the air, could this be a contributing factor to stress relief?
Plants absorb gasses (such as carbon dioxide) through pores on the surface of their leaves, which enables photosynthesis. However, some studies conducted by NASA and the University of Georgie suggest that plants can absorb many other gasses, such as dust, mites, mould and chemical cleaning agents.
This means, indoor plants remove pollutants from the air by absorbing these gasses through their leaves. Some plants that are useful for removing harmful pollutants include English Ivy and Peace Lilies, which are some plants we have in our own office.
Do some people just crave nature?
According to a theory of the Harvard biologist E.O Wilson, Biophilia is “an innate and genetically determined affinity of human beings being with the natural world.” In other words, we have the tendency to crave being in or around nature. Being stuck in an office for 45 – 50 hours a week surrounded by cubicles, technology and off-white walls can sure emphasise the feeling to get outside, breath some fresh air and watch the trees sway in the breeze.
If you need a new office design and fitout, or a refurbishment of an existing space. Maybe it’s time to look at plants? We already feel refreshed, what about you? Contact our Projects Team and so we can help!