Holiday DecorOctober 23, 2018
Power of Plants
Investing in indoor office plants for a returning workforce is more important than ever. Among many benefits, plants make employees more comfortable, more productive, more creative and healthier.
Plants make workers more creative, productive, and motivated while helping them stay calm, relaxed, and focused.
"Plants at work boost energy, reduce sick leave, and reduce eye strain. Plants also improve air quality by removing carbon dioxide, particulates, and harmful chemicals. Plants should be a part of every productive and happy workplace." NICH
Studies show plants in the workplace
Remove up to 87% of air toxins in 24 hours
Reduce airborne bacteria by 50% to 60%
Increase reaction time 12% faster
Improve mood & wellness by 40% to 60%
Boost creativity & wellbeing by 15%
Reduce fatigue by 38%
Reduce tension and anxiety by 37%
Reduce depression by 58%
Reduce sound & noise pollution
Increase productivity by 6% while enhancing memory retention
Report 20% fewer sick days and less feelings of stress
Create a humidity level in the human comfort range of 30% to 60%
Benefits for returning employees may include
Adding a welcoming touch
Reducing stress levels
Creating isolation zones
Making the office warmer and less sterile
Showcasing employer's commitment to employee's health and wellbeing
Breaking up open plan workspaces thereby giving employees a sense of safety
Creating plant barriers to lessen the anxiety from a co-worker’s cough or sneeze
Plants can help clean indoor air, which is typically far more polluted than outdoor air.
Scientists studied indoor plants as a way to purify the air and found they are a potent weapon for neutralizing nasty toxins. Below are some of the more effective detoxifying plants that remove carcinogens such as trichloroethylene, formaldehyde and benzene – found in drapes, glues, paints, adhesives and numerous cleaning products – from the air you breathe every day.
Areca Palm (Dypsis Lutescens)
Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea Sefritzii)
Boston Fern (Nephrolepis Exaltata)
Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)
English Ivy (Hedera Helix)
Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera Jamesonii)
Golden Pothos (Scindapsus Aures)
Heart Leaf (Philodendron Oxycardium)
Lady Palm (Rhapis Excelsa)
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
Purple Waffle (Hemigraphis Alternata)
Red Edged Dracaena
Rubber (Ficus Elastica)
Snake (Sansevieria Trifasciata)
Spider (Chlorophytum Comosum)
Dracaena Deremensis Warneckii
Weeping Fig (Ficus Benjamina)
Introducing natural plants to a workspace can reinvigorate a lifeless interior and add colorful artistic flare.
Plants are free-form and organic yet clean and sculptural. They delight with their unpredictability yet reassure with their steady presence. Plants bring varying rich shades of green and offer a visually-meditative experience that enhances the perception of any workspace.
PlantPlan: Can Plants Actually Improve Your Workplace?
The Big Greek: The Benefits of Office Plants
NICH: Plants Do That Inside Where We Work
Frenchams: Benefits of Plants at Work
Plant Plan: Why Plants
Hoppier: 7 Reasons to Introduce Office Plants in Your Workplace
University of Technology Sydney Study
Work Design Magazine: The Top Sound Absorbing Plants for the Workplace
FGB: 10 Best House Plants to Detoxify Your Home
MNN: 15 Houseplants for Improving Indoor Air Quality