Plants add beauty to our lives and temper the harsh aspects of our daily routine. In the office place, where stress often abounds, plants contribute to an environment of comfort, good health, and productivity.
Plants make the workplace more comfortable by providing oxygen and by slightly raising humidity levels. Plants also remove harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air. Common indoor workplace materials that emit chemicals into the air are: latex paints, foam insulation, varnishes, adhesives, pressed wood, veneer furniture, copy machines, printers, rug pads and carpeting.
Today’s workplace environment is often a jumble of cubicles, computers, and crowding. Many people struggle with symptoms of fatigue, headache, dry skin, eye irritation, and coughing. A Norwegian study conducted by Dr. Tove Fjeld explored whether plants make a difference when it comes to these health problems. In this study, a group of people in office cubicles (called group A) were provided with plants, while a second group of people in cubicles (called group B) were not. After three months, the groups were switched. Data was collected for another three months.
The study concluded as follows: When people from group A and B had plants in their cubicles, symptoms of fatigue and headache fell by 30% and 20% respectively. Hoarseness and dry throat fell by around 30% and coughing by around 40% for both groups. Skin irritation fell by about 25% for both groups. All over, symptoms decreased by 25% when plants were present.
Plants also increase productivity in the workplace. In a study by Washington State University, researchers found that people with plants in their work environment were 12% more productive and had lower blood pressure than those without plants.
Recent studies even suggest that plants increase workplace happiness and employee satisfaction. Associate Professor Tina Cade of Texas State University told LiveScience, “We pretty much found out that if you had windows and plants, or even if you just had plants in your office, you were more satisfied with your job.”
Beautifying an interior space by adding plants is the number one reason people choose to interiorscape. But did you know that interiorscaping with office potted plants offers other benefits besides an improved appearance?
Using potted plants in the home or office is an efficient and low-cost way to improve indoor air quality. Plants filter air and remove airborne pollutants emitted by carpeting, furniture, even cigarette smoke. Besides these filtering capabilities, interior plants generate and release clean air into the indoor environment. Breathing fresher, cleaner air helps reduce headaches and nausea.
Office potted plants can also help reduce stress, which in turn can help increase productivity in and around the office by boosting mood and idea generation. With people working longer hours and continually worried about job security, this benefit alone makes interiorscaping something every employer should consider. Indoor plants can even help decrease noise levels; another factor that can increase worker output.
When potted plants are used to beautify an interior space, you have much more flexibility in design. In other words, you won’t be locked into one particular look. By moving a few potted plants around you can instantly update any interior space.
Got a brown thumb?
There’s no need to be concerned your “brown thumb” will ruin your plantscape investment, either. If this is an issue, simply contract with a reputable plant service and let someone with a greener thumb care for your office plants.
If you’re unsure whether you can afford to interiorscape, plant rental and plant leasing services are two options that are definitely worth considering. That way you’ll get to enjoy all of these benefits of interiorscaping – plus plenty of others – without worrying about busting your budget.