Nicky Roeber, Online Horticultural Expert from Wyevale Garden Centres, tells us how the most motivating offices improve our productivity and boost morale with indoor plants.
Plants give us a boost by keeping stress levels low and morale high. They’re healthy, they improve air quality, and they look good too, so they make a great addition to any office’s décor. Here are some of the most common reasons why offices (like our Areaworks coworking spaces) use plants to create a fresher, more efficient environment — and how this can impact the quality of the work you do.
The average office worker spends almost 1,700 hours a year in front of a computer, causing 37% of them to suffer from headaches and nausea as a result (Independent). Vivid plants like ferns and bamboo, mixed with exotic succulents and caladiums, can give you something else to look at besides the blue light of your screen, encouraging you to take a break from your projects every now and then. Studies have shown they can even reduce anxiety, depression, and fatigue (University of Technology).
Getting out into nature can have an immensely positive impact on your physical health and wellbeing. It can even reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and high blood pressure, according to research by the University of East Anglia. But, with deadlines and other work commitments, it can be tricky to get outside as often as we’d like. Good offices take this into account by making sure there are plenty of potted plants and trees dotted around; they help to brighten things up a bit by adding a pop of colour, and we get all the benefits of their healing powers without leaving our desks.
Poor air quality can lead to eye, nose, and throat irritation, skin dryness, irritability, and difficulty breathing, all of which negatively affect your ability to concentrate (Royal Horticultural Society). Spider plants, as well as English ivy, were found to be among the best at removing toxins from the air in a study by scientists at NASA. Both plants will do wonders for the atmosphere in a stuffy office — plus, they trap dust, which is great news for allergy sufferers. However, most plants will improve air quality in one way or another, allowing you to keep a clear mind when you’re hard at work.
As part of a study conducted by the University of Exeter, a sparsely decorated office introduced plants to its design. The results illustrated how the overall mood was increased and staff productivity rose by 15%. This mood elevation and heightened enthusiasm are why the best offices pack in as many plants as possible.
Big standing plants like palms or miniature trees can have a big impact on your productivity as soon as you walk in the door, and keeping smaller potted plants like cactuses or bonsai on your desk within your line of sight allows you to make the most of their productivity-boosting power.
These are just some of the reasons why the best offices incorporate plants into their décor: they’re air-purifying, pretty to look at, and can do a lot for your mental and physical wellbeing. Join one of our Areaworks spaces to benefit from the many plants we have dotted around. Book a tour to come and see them for yourself!