University of Michigan study in 2008 found, attention spans and memory performance improved by 20 percent after people spent an hour interacting with plants and nature — either by going outside or just by viewing pictures of nature. Adding indoor plants to your office is something that every employee should want to do. In fact, they help reduce stress, enhance employee attitudes, increase productivity, and improve air quality.Imagine a standard office room, there is the gray desktop with filing drawers, computer monitor, a keyboard and mouse with the ubiquitous cable and a lot of papers on the desk. Now imagine we placed a peace lily, with its green leaves and elegant white flower, into the mental image. With that addition, most of us would say the office cubicle has just become a much nicer place to work. Here are just a few of the benefits of going green in the office:Health benefits
Just like our home, air quality in our office can contain up to ten times more pollutants than the air outside. Formaldehyde, dust mites, carbon monoxide, plastic and chemical cleaning agents are the common toxic culprits found in the office. With correct placement of indoor plants, we can reduced the toxic and dust level in the office significanly.
The natural look of the plants provides a comfortable, relaxing touch to the office and for some people, this condition help reduce stress. The lowered stress through the use of plants may increase an employee’s productivity and job satisfaction.
Productivity and creativity benefits
We know the natural surroundings affect drivers, school children and hospital patients. When it come to businesses, it should be equally as important to understand what features can improve performance at work and make employees more productive. In numerous studies conducted it has been found that fewer mistakes are made, tasks are completed faster and, in the case of computer workers, productivity increased by between 10%-15%. Introducing plants to an office environment has been reported to reduce absenteeism by up to 50%, and reduce minor illness by 30%.Aesthetics benefits
Beautify your office space with indoor plants. The greenery adds color to the office, a big help when the walls and furniture are bland. Providing plants for the office offers both customers and colleagues alike a visually enhanced perception of your space. An office teeming with vibrant greenery will also convey a positive brand image to visitors.
Green symbolizes harmony and trust. We may feel safer in a “green” environment and we are generally happier. In offices with no windows, it becomes especially obvious if there are no indoor plants and flowers. Green has also been proven to have a calming effect in stressful situations.