While working a nine-to-five job can be both personally and financially rewarding, there are always some days when sitting in the office is harder than others. Alongside the general woes of working, these tough days can also be caused by a number of other factors including workplace discomfort, unfit working conditions, and low company morale. As inconvenient as these situations may be, there is a very easy fix.
Yep, that’s the solution. It has been scientifically proven that having plants in the office, or anywhere really, can improve a person’s concentration, memory, happiness, the healing process, relationships, performance, learning and overall mental health. Quite the list isn’t it?
Studies show that tasks performed while under the calming influence of nature are performed better and with greater accuracy, yielding a higher quality result. Keeping plants in the workplace encourages a more positive work environment, improves people’s moods and helps prevent the possibility of a person developing stress related depression.
Ornamental horticulture also has the ability to accelerate the healing process when a person is ill; this is associated with the soothing affects that they create. This may give you less of an excuse to ‘chuck a sickie’ but it will be great through the winter months when you’re just dying to feel better.
It has also been proven that spending an extended amount of time around plants can lead to stronger relationships with others. This is due to the increase in compassion that plants encourage. Spending time around plants also inspires the feeling of vitality, increasing a person’s energy levels, state of mind, and outlook on life.
Many of these benefits are further induced by spending more time outdoors; however when you desk chair is calling you eight hours a day, five days a week, a compromise must be made. Filling the workplace with beautiful, fresh plants will inspire staff members to carry more positive attitudes, increasing the effectiveness of the work, and making the environment a much more pleasant space to be in.
Plants will not only improve the aesthetics of the workplace, they will also have an impact on the workers’ perceived quality of life, pushing paper, answering calls, and having your eyes glued to a computer screen for eight hours a day can get pretty taxing so why not make the working day as pleasant as can be?
Implementing a bit of nature in the workplace will also benefit customers in the same way as it does the workers. Shopping centres, commercial offices and retail stores should also take advantage of some indoor greenery in order to provide a more positive experience in the ways that have been mentioned throughout.
So whether you’re an employee or an employer, have a think about adding a little extra nature to your work space and then soon enough you’ll notice that the grass is always greener on the other side.