We all want our employees to work as productively as possible. But did you know that a few extra plants around the office could do the trick? According to one UK study, plants can increase workplace productivity by 15%. Another US study found that 10% of employee sick days are due to a lack of nature and natural light.
But how exactly can plants increase workplace productivity? Read on to learn more:
They improve our physical health
If you’re not feeling well, you won’t work well. While plants can’t prevent you from catching a cold, they can improve indoor air quality. Plants clean the air around us by increasing oxygen rates and decreasing carbon dioxide rates. This has a positive effect on our physical health, especially for those suffering from ailments such as asthma.
And our mental health
Mental health is just as important as physical health. This is especially true when it comes to our productivity. Anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems can seriously impact how productive our employees are. Plants are not a cure for mental health problems, but they can ease workplace-related stress by creating a relaxing atmosphere.
Plants can reduce noise levels
Anyone who has worked in a crowded office knows how hard it can be to concentrate with all the noise. However, plants can absorb sounds and insulate against additional noise pollution. This can decrease the amount of noise in your office and help your workers to focus.
They can also boost creativity
The natural world is a great source of inspiration. While you likely cannot go for a walk in the forest, you can bring a bit of the forest to your workplace. Additionally, greenery can increase memory, attention span, and accuracy.