How bringing the outdoors into the office can benefit your employees

Adding nature and greenery to your office design can have both physical and psychological benefits for your employees.

Office workers spend on average 90% of their time indoors, however bringing the outdoors into office buildings, can offer some of the benefits that are lost when you spend the majority of your day inside.

Studies have found that employees are happier and more productive when their office is filled with greenery. There are many other benefits to having plants in your work place, these are:

Less Dust

Plants don’t only add oxygen to the air and reduce the levels of carbon dioxide, they also act as an air purifier and remove any toxins from paints, plastics and chemicals. As plants have a large surface area, they also help to filter out dust and impurities, which results in a cleaner, healthier working environment.

Happier employees

Bland offices with no colour, pictures or plants have been described as ‘the most toxic space’ that you can put a human being into. When employees work in a bare, dull environment, it doesn’t provide a happy, creative workspace that encourages creativity and productivity.

Research has shown that adding greenery to your office can boost your employees overall moral and improve performance. Colourful plants can help liven up an office, creating a calmer and more enjoyable working environment.

Reduced Sickness

Office workers often spend the majority of their day indoors, starring at a computer screen. This can lead to many health problems such as fatigue, headaches, dry skin and even asthma. However, research has found that offices that contained plants saw a significant reduction of the following common health related issues:

Fatigue – reduced by 20%

Headaches – reduced by 30%

Coughs- reduced by 40%

Sore throats – reduced by 30%

Dry skin– reduced by 25%


A boost in Productivity

Studies have shown that having plants around the office can boost employee productivity by up to 15%.  It has also been shown that office plants can increase the level of focus, workplace satisfaction and the air quality around the office was also seen to improve . Plants can reduce stress levels, increase attention span and increase wellbeing, whilst also removing toxins from the air, which makes for happier, healthier and more productive staff members.

 

Which plants are the best for the office? 

Rubber plant- Known for the ability to remove toxins from the air.

English Ivy – This plant can help eliminate mould and air born faecal particles. This plant is ideal for offices that don’t have much fresh air circulating.

Mother- In- Law’s Tongue – Also good at ridding the air of pollutants.

Aloe– Aloe plants are small enough to sit on desks and also have air filtering qualities.

Lemon Balm– Lemon balm plants have been proven to improve moods and boost workplace wellness.

 

As the research shows it’s worth bringing plants into your workplace if you’re looking for a way to boost productivity. Not only are office plants easy to add to your working environment and low maintenance, they also offer long-term benefits that can help with focus and overall employee moral.

 

 

 

Simon Clark - Interiors Specialist
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Simon Clark - Interiors Specialist

As one of our Office Interiors experts, Simon’s passion for designing dream workspaces is contagious. With over 25 years experience, you can be confident your project is in safe hands.

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