We’re constantly being told that in order to improve our happiness at work, among many other things, we must step outside and get some ‘fresh air’ throughout the day. However, leaving your office and stepping out into a concrete jungle doesn’t exactly make that easy!
So we suggest, benefit from the qualities that greenery offers and bring the outdoors… indoors. There are over 391,000 species of plants, so the chances are, you can find several that you and your team are capable of keeping alive!
Not only do plants make for an attractive decoration and contribute to the office design, but they also lift the spirits of staff and are proven to be beneficial to our health. Here are our top reasons for bringing plants into your workplace and some tips on how to turn your office into a thriving urban jungle…
Lets face it, incorporating plants into a space makes the world of difference. If there’s an empty corner in a room, add a plant. If your desk looks a little bare, add a plant. Concerned that the reception area isn’t welcoming? Add a plant. Voilà!
An office full of greenery is aesthetically pleasing and adds life to an environment. They improve the surroundings for employees and provide something attractive to look at rather than the back of your co-workers computer screen! Plants portray a sense of positivity and make the office a more welcoming place for clients and visitors. The visual value they add is unbeatable and an interior design investment that doesn’t need to break the bank!
As well as being easy on the eye, plants have many qualities that benefit our wellness. One of them being that they help relieve stress and improve productivity amongst staff. Studies have proven that when plants are present, tasks are completed faster and to a higher standard. This was even more evident in the case of computer workers where a 10-15% boost in their productivity was seen!
To not so common knowledge, plants actually have the ability to reduce noise pollution. In areas where there are hard surfaces, floors and walls they have the capability to absorb noises which can often be distracting to employees.
In turn, this has risen the demand for ‘tree walls’ or ‘living walls’ within an office space. Something which we are thrilled to have at our 2 John Street site, a perfect space for soaking up those nature vibes and enjoying some downtime!
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Not only are plants a treat to look at, reduce stress and unwanted noise; they also enable us to breathe clean, fresh air! We reap the benefits of their cleaning powers, even inside.
The air inside modern city buildings and offices can contain a remarkable amount of pollutants, in some cases, even more than in the air outside! Plants of course are able to improve the quality of air and remove any harmful toxins, pollutants and even dust, what would we possibly do without them!?
Scientific research has also suggested that they have the ability to help people recover from illness faster than they would without their presence in a work and home environment. Pretty amazing, right?
The thought of creating a green office space can be overwhelming so start off small, perhaps with a quirky desk terrarium or a few succulents and cacti.
Here are a few of our foliage favourites to get you going…
Spider plant: Spider plants are cool to look at and a particularly easy plant to keep indoors, stick it somewhere high and admire it’s spider seedlings growing downwards! It’s also one of the top plant species for removing toxins from indoor air.
Jade plant/money plant: Known as the money plant these easy to care for friends are thought to welcome prosperity! Could there be a more fitting plant for a workplace?
Monstera/cheese plant: A design favourite! A little harder to care for than a succulent but worth it when you see this beauty bloom with it’s astounding leaves!
Cacti: A trusty cactus is a fail-safe option for those less green fingered. Just be sure to place them somewhere where no one is likely to get a nasty prickle… Unless you have a colleague that took the last of the milk without replacing it!
Overall, office environments are more calming and an all round nicer place to be with the presence of plants. If you are looking for a workplace that already incorporates nature and has it’s very own living wall, our 2 John Street site is calling your name! Email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your viewing today.