Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Indoor Plants Promote Productivity

Having Plants in Your Office Promotes Productivity


With current design and lifestyle trends veering toward minimalism, it’s easy to forget that sometimes less doesn’t equal more. A recent psychological study conducted at Exeter University found that offices with lean, minimalist aesthetics have fewer benefits for workers than spaces which incorporate office landscaping and decorative plants. According to the study, workers were 15% more productive when a few  indoor plants were added to their sparse office space. If you still aren’t convinced, here is a simple breakdown of all the health, happiness, and productivity benefits you can reap by keeping a live plant on your desk.

Improve Memory Retention
The Exeter University study found that when one plant per square meter was added to a bare office space, employee memory retention improved significantly. According to an article in The Daily Mail, the Royal College of Agriculture has also found that adding plants to classrooms boosts learning outcomes. Improving memory retention allows workers to complete tasks more quickly and efficiently, thus increasing productivity.



Boost Creativity
Exeter University also found through further experiments that improving the design of a workspace with plants can increase a space’s positive psychological connotations. This can improve worker creativity by as much as 45%. Boosting your creativity while at work will make you feel more inspired by the tasks at hand and will motivate you to cross items off your to-do list as quickly as possible.

Decrease Anxiety and Fatigue
A study done by the Department of Horticulture at Kansas State University found that live indoor plants have benefits in hospitals by reducing anxiety, fatigue, and blood pressure in recovering patients. The study encourages the use of plants in hospital environments but there is no reason why office workers can’t reap the same benefits by keeping plants in their workspace. It’s easy to see how a reduction in anxiety and fatigue will help you achieve a more productive workday.

Improve Attention Span
There is also research which shows how interior landscaping choices can improve concentration and attention span. This research, conducted at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, demonstrates that looking at natural elements, such as foliage, can rest and reset the brain’s attention system. This system naturally tires from other types of activities, such as looking at a computer screen for prolonged periods of time.



Boost Your Overall Health
A second Norwegian institution, the University of Agriculture, has found that indoor plants can boost your overall good health. Live interior plants have been shown to decrease coughs, sore-throats, and colds by over 30%, thus reducing the number of sick-days employees take per year. Even if you work for yourself, improved health means less time sick in bed and a more productive output.

Increase Air Quality
Keeping a plant on your desk has innumerable health benefits. On the most basic level, plants oxygenate the air, which feeds your brain and increases your potential work output. A NASA study also found that interior plants can remove indoor air toxins by anywhere from 60%-90%, depending on the type of plant. Rooms with plants have also been found to contain over 50% fewer airborne molds and bacteria than rooms without. With fewer pollutants in the air and lots more oxygen, your brain will be healthier and more productive.

Add Plants To Your Office 
By now it’s easy to see how adding simple living plants in your workspace can promote your daily productivity by improving the health and wellness of your office environment. Contact Everything Grows today to have one of our in-house designers visit your office for a complimentary consultation and design proposal. Let us help you get more productive! 



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