The second week of July is National Plants at Work Week.
This week of awareness is about reminding everyone from interior landscapers through to businesses and the general public, just how important it is to have plants in our lives, especially at work.
The reasons are well researched and documented as important for our health and wellbeing, as well as for our motivation.
With full time employees spending approximately one quarter of their lives at work, it is important that the workplace provides an environment of beauty, health and comfort.
Studies confirm that there are both physiological and psychological benefits to surrounding yourself with nature at work.
Research suggests that the presence of plants in the workplace:
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces stress
- Increases humidity
- Reduces illness
- Purifies air
- Reduces dust
- Lowers energy costs
- Quickens employee response time
- Enhances problem solving ability
- Sparks creativity
- Increases brain activity
- Provides a positive outlook
- Acts as a mood elevator
- Has a calming affect
- Boosts learning
- Enhances productivity and performance
- Contributes to noise reduction
- Improves office appearance
- Reduces distractions
While the list of benefits is not exhaustive, there are positives for employers and employees alike.
Along with the increasing importance and awareness of corporate gardens, what value could plants bring to your workplace?
For an accompanying read, please visit Do Employees Benefit from Corporate Gardens?