The facts are in. Having plants in the workplace will make employees happier, healthier and more productive.
Researchers from Cardiff University monitored two large commercial offices in the UK and Holland. After plants were introduced, overall productivity improved by 15% within three months, as was reported in the Journal of Experimental Psychology. While this finding may not seem significant, a 15% boost in productivity can add up quickly, especially if every employee experiences improvement.
Another study, conducted in 2010 concluded that just one plant per work space can increase office morale and job performance. In addition to showing an increase in productivity, employees also noticed they were experiencing a clearer ability to focus, and believed air quality in the workplace was better. This could be largely due to the fact that foliage absorbs pollutants, dust and bugs from the air. In fact, introducing plants to an office environment reportedly reduces minor illness by 30%, which in turn decreases employee absenteeism.
All things considered, strategically adding plant life to your workplace could reduce sick days, optimize employee satisfaction and enhance productivity. All things considered, the costs savings associated with going green are significant enough for any cost conscious business owner to sit up and take notice. All evidence points to the fact that a little foliage – allows you to really grow your business.
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