Today is National Workplace Wellbeing Day so we've decided to talk a little bit about how plants can promote wellbeing and efficiency in the office.
A lot of research has been conducted in recent years about the multiple benefits of plants to employees in the workplace. Plants have been linked to cleaner air, better health and increased focus. Here's why:
Plants can reduce levels of pollutant gases such as formaldehyde, benzene and nitrogen dioxide in the range of 50-75 percent. They also reduce levels of airborne dust, air temperatures and background noise.
Dr. Margaret Burchett, an internationally renowned air quality researcher states “It is expected that indoor plants will become standard technology, a vital building installation element for improving indoor air quality.”
An indoor environment that includes plants reduces carbon dioxide levels and lowers stress levels. Plants are also aesthetically pleasing and bring the outdoors inside. A study in 2010 concluded that when plants were placed around offices there were significant improvements to employee health. These included:
- Tension/Anxiety – 37% reduction
- Depression/Dejection – 58% reduction
- Anger/Hostility – 44% reduction
- Fatigue – 38% reduction
Introducing plants to an office environment has also been reported to reduce absenteeism by up to 50%, and reduce minor illness by 30%. Most people value greenery and find gardening therapeutic, so why not include some foliage in the workplace to make your employees feel good about themselves, rather than looking out from a sterile office window wishing they were near the greenery on the outside.
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% whilst systolic blood pressure readings lowered by one to four units.The higher level of concentration can be attributed to the plants ability to reduce excess carbon dioxide in the air.
The SAP 2nd Generation Living Wall system is the ultimate solution for wellbeing at work. These systems alleviate employees of 'Sick Building Syndrome' by significantly clearing up toxins in the air. Whilst one plant can remove toxins from your home or building, the more plants that are added, the more toxins are absorbed. Our Living Walls are suitable for any interior space big or small. For further details please click here or see below...