Companies around the world are focusing on ways to go green in the environmental sense, but they might be better off taking the issue more literally. The presence of natural elements in an office, such as plants and sunlight, has a noticeable positive effect on workers, a new study has found. Office environments with greenery and natural light can boost workplace productivity by 6% and increase employee well-being and creativity by 15%, according to the Human Spaces report. The design of a workplace can even hurt the desirability of a job: a third of respondents said that an office layout would affect whether or not they wanted to work somewhere. Despite this, most employers do not offer these simple amenities. Nearly half of global office employees, or 47%, said they have no natural light at their workplaces, while 58% have no plants in eyesight.
Benefits of plants in office
1. Plants acts as humidifier: Plants release roughly 97% of water they take in. Placing several plants together increases the humidity of a room. Studies at the Agricultural University of Norway states that using plants in interior spaces decreases the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs.
2. Plants helps in air filtering: Indoor air can be as much as 12 times more polluted that outside air in some areas, due to compounds in paints, furnishings, clothing and building materials. Plants release up to 87% of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other toxins every 24 hours, according to NASA research. VOCs include substances like formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. The NASA research discovered that plants purify the trapped air by pulling contaminants into the soil, where they convert VOCs into plant food.
3. Plants are health promoters: Indoor air quality is an increasing health concern, particularly in the United States and other developed countries where people may spend up to 90% of their time indoors, according to the American Society of Horticultural Science. In a study by the Agricultural University of Norway, sickness rates fell by more that 60% in offices with plants.
4. Plants boosts productivity: A study in The Royal College of Agriculture in Cirencester, England, found that students demonstrate 70% greater attentiveness when they are taught in rooms containing plants. Texas A&M University did a study as well, and found that workers who were in a room with two potted plants and a bouquet of flowers generated 13% more ideas than workers in a room with sculptures.
“We live in a Concrete Jungle, surrounded by Glass & Brick. A small initiative like this brings us near to Nature! As an entrepreneur, its our job to nurture over business and see it grow with time and it is also a delight to watch the plant grow within the same time line.”
– Aziz Siddpurwala, Jet Planners
“The greenery in the office adds to the colour and warmth in the office – it has a positive effect on us while we’re working.”
– Craig D’souza, ABO Controls
Courtesy: ProFlowers.com and The Telegraph