An employee wellness plan is a great way to keep workers healthy while reducing the number of medical costs an employer incurs. Wellness programs may have started with simple initiatives like health tests and screening for common diseases, however, modern programs include more innovative components, like health and fitness classes which help keep employees in good shape and interior landscaping to lower employee stress levels. Here are some popular ways that leading companies use indoor landscaping to promote wellness in the workplace and keep employees as healthy as possible.
High-stress environments, where employees are pressured to get large volumes of work done, suffer from high turnover rates. Employees can’t always keep up with the stress and leave for an environment that doesn’t cause so much anxiety. This ongoing need to recruit and train new workers is costly for the employer and frustrating for management. Retaining employees, especially those that perform well, is well worth the effort it takes on the employer’s part.
Creating green spaces, where employees can take a break during the workday, can help lower stress and create higher levels of creativity. Depending on the spaces available onsite, employers can create an atrium or courtyard to feature living plants or when conditions are not ideal use artificial plants, which mimic the effect of living foliage. These spaces use artificial plants, which mimic the effect of living foliage. It helps an employee’s morale knowing there is a wellness space where they can relax and de-stress if even for just a few minutes. Including living plants in these spaces, brings health benefits, such as cleaner indoor air. These may seem like small measures but combined, they can be enough to help keep employees from becoming overstressed, or burned out, leading them to seek other employment.
Interior landscaping is more than just placing plants in an office space. A skilled interior landscaping company will work with you from the design stages to ensure that the important components for the continued health of the plants are put in place from the beginning. Proper lighting levels and the Incorporation of natural light into your commercial space will help the plants flourish, thereby benefiting employee health. Fluorescent lighting is harsh, particularly after eight hours or more of sitting in a room lit by these bulbs. Headaches, difficulty sleeping, increased anxiety, and eye strain can all be caused by overexposure to fluorescent light.
Creating a team atmosphere among your employees should be part of your wellness program. Activities that bring people together in a relaxing space can help employees build a feeling of team spirit while simultaneously reducing stress levels. The perfect indoor landscaping will help these activities to be successful by putting team members in the right mind frame. Holding team building sessions where plants and colors are featured will lower employees blood pressure and heart rate, as well as stimulating creative energy.
Interior landscaping can play a vital part in your employee wellness program, but only if you partner with an experienced interior landscape service to ensure that the plants and other components are well thought out and cared for. Plant Solutions has experience with helping employers of all sizes create commercial spaces that encourage better health and wellness. Contact us at 480.585.8501 to find out more about how we can help you.
Designing an office space that promotes health and wellness might not be at the forefront of your mind, but there are good reasons to consider how your office space makes your employees feel. Incorporating natural elements as the central focus points of your design can minimize the number of sick days your employees take, increase productivity and even decrease employee turnover. People naturally enjoy coming to work in a calming environment that promotes well being and good health. This can translate to thousands of dollars saved over the course of a year for a larger organization with many employees on site.
A biophilic interior design is one that incorporates natural elements as central parts of the design to help employees feel connected with nature. Check out our recent blog on How To to find out more about what biophilia is and what the principles of biophilic design are. Keeping these elements in mind as you plan your commercial space can influence many aspects of the building process, including placement of key elements like windows, light fixtures and how plumbing systems will be put into power water features or feed plants.
One of the best ways to incorporate plants in a visually striking way within a commercial space is a living green wall. This is a garden that grows vertically along a portion of a wall or the full surface of a wall. A living green wall creates a large focal point and allows for a lot of plant life to be incorporated into a small space. When incorporated into a communal space, like a break room or entryway, the green wall can be enjoyed by any employee at their convenience.
There are several small ways to complement the larger biophilic elements you incorporate, including:
Incorporating white noise into the office allows your employees to block out interoffice chatter and focus on the natural elements in the space. A densely populated office space can get noisy very fast, which can irritate and distract your employees. This is especially true in open-plan office spaces, a kind of design that is seeing a surge in popularity across the country. These designs purposely include communal spaces to encourage collaboration. While these kinds of offices are seen to encourage creativity and team building, they can also result in increased noise levels. Studies have shown that noise based distractions worth of productivity each day. By piping in white noise, which mimics the sound of natural airflow, you can minimize distraction and encourage employees to immerse themselves in the natural elements you provide.
Choose textiles and décor elements that play into a natural theme. Select wall and floor colors inspired by colors in nature, like the neutral beige of a sandy beach, the deep blue of an ocean wave or the vibrant green of a thriving forest. Choose natural textiles, like bamboo, raffia, and cotton, wherever possible to encourage employees to feel immersed in nature. You can also choose artwork that features natural landscapes for important focal points inside the office space.
Keep windows and other glass surfaces clean to allow as much natural light as possible to come through. This is especially key in winter months when many office workers spend the scant daylight hours indoors and are greeted by darkness shortly after they leave work.
As an experienced indoor landscaping company, Plant Solutions can assist with incorporating biophilia into your office space. Contact us at 480.585.8501 and find out more about how we can help you create a biophilic design that your employees will enjoy.
A key part of modernizing any project is including natural elements to create a smooth transition from outside to inside and bring certain calming elements from nature to the inside space. Regardless of whether you’re renovating a home or workspace, including more plants is a great way to make your surroundings feel lighter and brighter. The inclusion of plants also helps occupants feel more at ease and stay healthier. Plants can naturally improve the and by being around them, it can relieve stressful feelings.
Despite the advantages that plants bring to an indoor space, some interior designers shy from including plant life in their designs. Including plants in a design may seem confusing for designers or architects without a lot of knowledge about plants, however, it can be easier than it seems. Here are some tips to make it easier to include more plants in your next renovation design.
Home and office designs that include many plants can be held back due to an anticipated fear of ongoing maintenance. The building or homeowner might have reservations about how difficult it might be to keep the plants alive and thriving or replace them if they die. The simplest way to ensure that the interior continues to flourish is to plan on the use of an indoor plant maintenance service. Similar to using a landscaping service, this service handles care and maintenance of plants inside the building space. Regular visits from a can be scheduled weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, depending on how often care is needed. They will monitor the condition of the plants, alert the appropriate person to any plants that may be developing issues and assist with replacing any plants that may be sick or dying. This allows the owner to have the best of both worlds. They can have the enjoyable aspects of a design that includes plants, without having to take on the responsibility of caring for them.
Planning to include plants in your renovation from the outset is the best way to ensure success in the finished product. This can mean partnering with an indoor landscaping or “plantscaping “ service to get expert advice on where to include plants and what components should be built into the home or office to keep the plants healthy. Planning will allow you to determine the best locations for your plants. You can include built-in planters and shelves that will allow plants to integrate with the design. Planning also allows you to integrate the technical elements that will keep plant life growing as time goes on. If irrigation or plumbing is required to keep plants healthy, it can be included in your renovation plans from the outset.
If you are working on an office renovation, don’t limit yourself based on what plants you think will be easiest to include. There was a time that only certain plants were considered in office design due to their hardiness and low maintenance traits. With the advances of technology and the wide range of hybrid plant types now available, there are many more possibilities on the market and many different ways to highlight them within an interior design.
Plants no longer have to simply sit in planters and pots on the floor around the office space or directly in the window. With proper planning and execution, plants can a stunning visual feature. If the plant you have in mind as inspiration isn’t right for this particular project, an indoor landscaping expert may be able to suggest another variety that gives the same look and has a better chance of surviving, so you still get the visual effect you want.
Plant Solutions can help you design, plan, and install any kinds of plants you may want to include in your indoor renovation project, whether it is a residential or commercial space. Contact us at 480.585.8501 and find out more about how we can help you with your renovation.
If you find yourself struggling to find balance in daily life, more time spent in the great outdoors can be just what you need. Feeling the warmth of the sun on your face and breathing in the smells of the forest can instantly make you feel far away from the problems and stress of real life, which scientists say can make a measurable difference in your health. Certain features in nature are proven to have a . But for many people, it can be challenging to find the time to spend in nature. That’s why bringing certain outdoor elements into a residential or commercial space can be a great way to strike a happy medium.
Research shows that spending time in nature can have multiple benefits for the mind and body. Three of the key benefits research has identified are:
The simple fact is that most people have too much going on in their day to day lives to make time to go wander in the woods each day. But there are ways to bring some of the tranquility and serenity that nature inspires into an interior space, whether it is your residence or an office space.
Anything you can do to forget that you are indoors while taking in the natural elements will help you reap the positive effects. If you have enough square footage available to create a natural space, sunroom or even a reading corner surrounded by plants, it can end up being your favorite space in the home. The same principle holds true in commercial spaces. Both visitors and people who work in the building will appreciate a quiet, nature-centric space where they can gather their thoughts.
When you are actually out in nature, there are many sensory components that your body is taking in all at once. In addition to observing the elements of nature with your eyes, you also hear the sounds of birds chirping or water crashing against a shore and smell the fresh scents of plants and flowers. Indoors, there are easy ways to bring multi-sensory elements in, from playing nature-inspired sounds to incorporate nature-inspired smells.
Planning is key to keeping natural elements looking great over time and making them as maintenance free as possible for you. The best way to guarantee success from the outset is incorporating the right elements, like proper lighting and irrigation with the help of an experienced indoor landscaping service. Plant Solutions can
As an experienced indoor landscaping company, Plant Solutions can assist with finding the right ways to incorporate nature into your home or business and truly bring more serenity to your life. Contact us at 480.585.8501 and find out more about how we can help you.
Indoor spaces that include elements from nature, like plants, water features, and natural light, offer many advantages for residents or employees. Biophilic design is the name given to interior designs that feature natural elements to help people feel connected with nature, even on the indoors. Biophilia, a concept first made popular as a hypothesis some thirty years ago, is a concept that is found at the heart of some of the most stunning and effective interior designs in the world. People instinctually seek the features of nature, which our bodies were accustomed to living in for many thousands of years. Now that life is conducted mostly indoors, people can feel disconnected from nature, which can lead to depression. High levels of stress and lack of vitamin D are just two of the issues that can arise as the result of lack of interaction with nature. Biophilic design helps to restore the balance by bringing certain natural elements inside, helping people feel healthier and more energetic.
Incorporating elements from nature into interior design means bringing some of nature’s best features inside and allowing them to shine in their own way. This means planning is key to making the design work. At Plant Solutions, we partner with designers and builders to ensure any design that includes plants, a living green wall or a water feature has the necessary structural elements behind it to keep it working properly over the long term. Our team draws on years of experience to make each interior design unique and breathtaking.
Research has shown that just painting the color green on an interior wall inspires calm as it suggests the tranquility of nature. Bringing actual green plants inside takes this suggestion further by mimicking the outdoor environment. Whether they are natural or artificial, being around plants on a regular basis has been shown to for people, including:
Some home and business owners are reluctant to include biophilic elements into indoor designs because they anticipate a need for maintenance and care over the years. If you yearn to include natural elements but worry about them getting the care they deserve down the line, here are some easy ways to solve this problem:
Choose low maintenance plants that require minimal watering and trimming. For example, succulents are a great choice to give a small touch of fresh greenery in any room, they take up very little room and their signature tightly packed leaves are visually interesting.
Hire an indoor plant maintenance service to take care of the plants for you. This allows you to have all the benefits of live plants without having to lift a finger and can be much more affordable than you realize.
Select artificial plants to give the suggestion of nature without any of the work. High-quality silk plants look convincingly like the real thing and only need to be dusted occasionally.
As an experienced indoor landscaping company, Plant Solutions can assist with every aspect of including plants in your latest interior design. Contact us at 480.585.8501 and find out more about how we can help you.
And the award goes to…A highlight of the recent GPGB Cocktail Party Fundraiser held during Plantscape Expo August 14 was recognizing some star quality Registered Trainers for the most presentations given during the year. Mike Lewis, GPGB President, presented a plaque to three of its most productive GPGB Registered Trainers, celebrating their contribution to spreading the message of the benefits of indoor plants to the people responsible for building design and performance: Kathryn O’Donnell, Botanicus, New York; Joe Zazzera, Plant Solutions, Arizona; and, Jim Mumford Good Earth Plants & GreenScaped Buildings, California. Who are Registered Trainers? These Bronze-level plus GPGB Supporters have taken special training at one of GPGB’s Train the Trainer Seminars. As Zazzera explains, “GPGB’s Registered Trainer program has given me the tool I need to get in front of architects and specifiers. The fact that there is a CEU award for those participating in the program serves to enhance professionalism of the program, and gives me additional credibility as the ‘go-to’ guy for living walls and roofs in my area.” GPGB maintains status as an approved education provider with the AIA, ASID, USGBC, BOMI and ASLA. In 2012-2013, GPGB developed and received approval for its two newest presentations, Living Walls and Green Roofs. Mumford, one of the volunteers who helped create the new courses, is thrilled with the business his company is attracting. “In the past, when I attempted to have a conversation with an architect or landscape architect about indoor plants, they were rarely interested. Now that we have CEU programs about living walls and green roofs they are very interested. And of course, during the conversation I always sprinkle in something about indoor plants. I find that pointing out that we are experienced in growing plants in containers relates to growing plants on roofs and walls – differently shaped and configured, but containerized plants nonetheless.” GPGB’s most enthusiastic Registered Trainer is also one of its newest: Reaching over 60 building specifiers in a dozen presentations this year, O’Donnell explains how she got started: “I became a Registered Trainer in January 2013. Botanicus sent out an email invitation to the architects, engineers, and landscape architects in Western New York. We scheduled 1 to 3 training seminars per week in Buffalo and Rochester, which allowed us to present new ideas and promote the use of plants in a fun, informative setting. The training seminars were very well received and new friends and colleagues were developed.” An additional surprise occurred for O’Donnell when her name was announced as winner of the raffle drawing. She commented on the prize, donated by the National Interiorscape Network, which consisted of a $450 travel voucher and $550 for NIN business consulting. “Botanicus has benefited in every way from our membership in NIN. From benchmarking to best practices, learning from the most professional and successful companies is great fun and profitable! Now I will get Dick Ott one on one to take the next step to success!” Other sponsors who made GPGB’s Cocktail Party Fundraiser possible included Olive Hill Greenhouses, Architectural Supplements, Plants in Design, and Sunborne Nursery. No previous speaking experience is necessary before becoming a Registered Trainer. If anyone is interested in taking advantage GPGB’s Registered Trainer Program to grow their business, please contact GPGB at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.gpgb.org.
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Top performing Registered Trainers, pictured left to right: Joe Zazzera, Kathryn O’Donnell, and Jim Mumford.