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Benefits of Adding Plants to Your Office

Have you noticed that many offices feature plants? Have you ever wondered why? Plants in offices aren’t just a décor trend; they provide real benefits to those working in the environment. Keep reading to learn about those benefits!

Plants can help your employees reduce stress

Various studies have found that when plants are present in an office, many things can be reduced, including:

  • Tension and anxiety
  • Depression and feelings of dejection
  • Anger and hostility
  • Fatigue
  • Blood pressure

According to the Ellison Chair in International Floriculture, adding flowers to your office can also make you feel more “relaxed, secure, and happy” and “help you achieve a more optimistic outlook on your life.”

Plants can increase office productivity

Because exposure to plants has been shown to improve things like concentration, focus, and the time it takes to complete tasks—and reduce things like mistakes—your office will see a rise in productivity when you incorporate plants into the environment.

Some studies also suggest that adding plants to an office can help make employees more engaged in their work on a physical, cognitive, and emotional level, which can lead to an increase in productivity.

Plants can make offices more clean and comfortable

Adding plants to your office can help you improve your indoor air quality, and help reduce your chances of getting Sick Building Syndrome. Symptoms of poor indoor air quality include watering eyes, hoarseness, headaches, dry skin, nausea, and more. Plants help eliminate some common indoor air pollutants and make offices more clean and comfortable, and can even help people recover from illness more quickly and reduce absenteeism due to sickness.

Additionally, plants can affect the humidity level in your office, and can help regulate it into a comfortable range. The ideal humidity level for humans to be healthy and comfortable is between 30 percent and 60 percent, and if an environment is outside of that range, it can lead to fatigue, a diminished immune system, and respiratory issues.

Which Plants Thrive in Office Environments?

When it comes to which plant you should incorporate into your office environment, one of the most important things to consider is whether or not it thrives in low-light and dry environments. A few plants that do particularly well in offices include:

  • Aloe
  • Spider plants
  • Succulents

If you’re still not sure whether you should keep your office lean or go green, keep in mind that plants are cost-effective enhancements. Investment and upkeep are minimal!

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