Imagine a new technology that not only increases productivity but is inexpensive to install. On top of that, it’s an invaluable investment in any work place. What is it? Plants!
Tired of having employees sick from work, or production quotas not being filled? Bringing live plants, or even imagery of nature can have drastic effects on work environments. These effects, in turn, increase production and benefit many aspects of employee health.
As a business owner, the sooner you jump on proven opportunities such as biophilic design or incorporating plants in your office, the sooner you’ll reap the benefits. Significant research suggests that this new approach to design harnesses our natural surroundings and incorporates the look and feel of them into our corporate offices. By doing this, the subconscious mind thanks us.
But simply inserting a plant or tree into an office will have little positive impact on the health and performance of the people. For biophilic design to produce results a design that complements the work space and habits of employees is needed.
Plant Perks. Implementing plants and nature into the office has tremendous perks.
– Attention restoration theory suggests that looking at nature – and even just images of nature – can shift the brain into a different processing mode, making employees feel more relaxed and better able to concentrate.
– Mental health improvement among employees. A study by a university in Sydney found “significant reductions in stress among workers when plants were introduced to their workspace.”
– Results included a 37% decrease in reported tension and anxiety; a 58% drop in depression or dejection; a 44% decrease in anger and hostility; and a 38% reduction in fatigue”
– This perk by itself is typically enough for companies to make the financial investment of bringing plants into their offices.
Every day, Raimondi Horticultural Group makes commercial buildings more attractive, with improved air quality leading to healthier and more productive employees, residents, guests and clients.