It is a well-known fact that plants lower workplace stress and enhance productivity. The importance of having greenery around us has been the subject of numerous studies, examining the effects that plants have on our work habits, and mood.
Recent studies conducted by Dr. Virginia Lohr conclude that participants working in an environment with plants were 12% more productive and less stressed than those who were simply surrounded by concrete walls. The study took place in a simulated office environment, where plants were the only variable. The interesting results also indicated that an environment with plants also has an influence on the blood pressure. According to Dr. Ultrich:
Visual exposure to plant settings produces significant recovery from stress within 5 minutes.
Another advantage of surrounding your office with floras is that they are proven to lower the operation and maintenance costs of your workplace. Plants, and their unique process of transpiration, have the ability to cool air temperature by 10 decrees. What’s more, this same process humidifies the air in a range of 30-60% – the recommended human comfort range. This might also act as a protection for your office furniture as we are all aware that if the relative humidity of the office is either too low or too high this might damage the furniture and your office interior.
Employees and clients are getting more selective in the overall look, design and feel of your office space. Plants offer a dramatic aesthetic value to your interior, positively enhancing perception and contributing to the well being of your employees. At the same time studies show that building lacking greenery are instantly viewed as less attractive and less welcoming.
Having plants in your office is also a key factor in enhancing the attitude of your employees and clients. As today’s workplace is getting more and more competitive, survey report that employees need an inspiring setting for their “off” time. This is why companies are continuously investing in improving their space landscape, offering an interior that integrates nature.