How office plants boost employee morale

The office of Crest Advisors at 4 Miami Key, Broadbeach Waters with three stylised floor plants.

You may be wondering how humble office plants can help improve employee morale. It’s no secret that surrounding ourselves with beautiful plants carries many benefits for ourselves and our environment. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing but they also do a lot for our mental and physical health.

No matter our surroundings or what we do for a living, we’re all faced with stress and distractions at different points throughout the day. The insistent ringing of your phone, the pinging of your email and the chattering of the world around are constant distractions.

Then there’s work stress, relationship stress, general life stress, politics, money problems and all the other curveballs life throws our way. After all this, it’s important to make the effort to do what we can to ensure our surroundings are as calm as we all need them to be.

The office of Crest Advisors at 4 Miami Key, Broadbeach Waters with three stylised floor plants.
Crest Advisors office in Broadbeach Waters, Gold Coast

Keep calm and plant on

So, how exactly do we do that? We’ll always tell you that part of the solution is plants!

Now, we’re not saying that plants have magical powers that can fix all your problems overnight. But they can definitely provide the fresh environment you need to tackle your day head-on.

It may sound farfetched but we could really learn a thing or two from the way that plants live.

They’re bright, always growing and react calmly to their immediate surroundings. They also use those surroundings, whatever they are, to thrive.

Plants have a direct effect on our mindfulness as they have a healthier and more potent energy field compared to man-made decor.

They work to keep us more focussed throughout the day as well as adding aesthetic value to our space.

Health benefits of office plants

Based on several experimental studies, the presence of plants in the workplace has been found to hold an abundance of benefits for employees. Some of these include:

  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Improving reaction times
  • Increasing attentiveness
  • Raising productivity
  • Improving overall well-being
  • Improving perceptions of the space
  • Lowering anxiety levels
  • Raising job satisfaction
  • Speeding up recovery time for sick employees

That all sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? These studies have also found that indoor plants can help to reduce psychological and physiological stress by suppressing autonomic nervous system activity in adults.

Now, this may just sound like a bunch of scientific jargon but, essentially, it just means that plants have a positive influence on our mental health.

Proponents of colour psychology also argue that the colour green has a relaxing and calming effect on the human brain.

So if you’re wanting to feel a little more calm and relaxed in the workplace? Well, there’s your answer for how to do just that!

Two stylised indoor plants on top of cube shelving at Village National OICS in Woolloongabba Brisbane.
Adding colour and texture to the Village National Group office in Wooloongabba, Brisbane

Office plants enhance your image

As well as the psychological benefits plants will bring to your workplace, they will also make the space more attractive to visitors. Whether that be job applicants, shareholders, clients and potential investors.

If you’ve constantly got visitors coming through your office, it’s vital to present an environment that will appeal to the mind’s eye.

Indoor plants will also help to reduce noise levels in the office by absorbing sounds.

Positioning larger pot plants in the edges and corners of a room will help circulate sound in a way that’s appropriate for an office environment.

Indoor Plant Hire

If you’re familiar with the horticulture industry, you won’t be surprised to know that good quality plants and pots can cost thousands of dollars outright. Then you need to actually keep them alive and looking beautiful in order to enjoy their health benefits.

The most efficient and cost-effective option is to hire indoor plants from companies such as Advance Plants. Our office plant hire packages start from only $25/week and include a bespoke design, high quality pots and plants as well as ongoing maintenance.

Sixteen small indoor desk plants of various shapes and sizes, clustered together on a plain white background.
16 of 21 small planters available in our Sprout office plant hire package ($25/week)

Get in touch with our Brisbane and Gold Coast design team today to get started.

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