This week at Moore-Wilson we have been sprucing up the office up with some plants. We already have a few plants around the office, but there is always room for more. Our recent editions are Philodendron and Ficus.
We feel that plants in the office environment are good for a number of physical and psychological reasons.
In a study conducted in 2010, significant reductions of stress were recorded where plants were located in the office. Including;
- Tension/Anxiety – 37% reduction
- Depression/Dejection – 58% reduction
- Anger/Hostility – 44% reduction
- Fatigue – 38% reduction
The closing statement of the study reads:
“This study shows that just one plant per workspace can provide a very large lift to staff spirits, and so promote wellbeing and performance”
We love plants in our office environment. We attribute them to having an office environment that is a little calmer and simply a nicer place to be when plants are present.
Productivity is also known to be improved in an environment where plants are present. Cognitive tasks, concentration and focus are all improved, therefore increasing productivity within the workforce.
The higher level of concentration can be attributed to the plant's ability to reduce excess carbon dioxide in the air.
Cleaner air to breathe
CO2 can be reduced by 50% as well as a reduction in the dust, bacteria and mould which would otherwise be inhaled by employees.
One lesser known advantage of plants is their ability to reduce ambient noise within an office, as much as 5 decibels. Background noise, which could otherwise be distracting, is reduced allowing employees to concentrate on their work.
Plans for more plants are on the way …..