If you work in an office, have you ever considered what you could do to make it a little more visually appealing?
People usually start by considering things such as mirrors, pictures and maybe even paintings or sculptures, but what you should really be thinking about are plants and flowers.
It’s not just a way to jazz things up visually, but plants can also bring various physical and psychological benefits to the office and all of your colleagues.
It’s even been backed up by science, with studies from Exeter University and various other institutes around the world suggesting that plants can help to aid with things such as productivity and creativity.
The guys at Flowercard personalised greetings have produced an interesting infographic which breaks down ten reasons why your office could benefit from plants and flowers.
For example, did you know that plants could actually help to reduce stress in the workplace?
It’s hardly rocket science, but having plants in your workspace simply makes it a much calmer and more relaxing place to be, and a study showed that a number of negative feelings such as tension, depression, anger and fatigue were all reduced when plants were present.
Of course, the most important thing in an office is productivity, and thankfully plants can help with this too.
This is because they reduce the carbon dioxide, help to increase concentration and focus, and help to complete cognitive tasks.
What does this mean for your business? It means that tasks get completely quicker, with fewer mistakes, with productivity being increased by as much as 15% according to the infographic.
Another one of the biggest obstacles to productivity in the workplace is sickness, and the days off that it can cause.
But did you know that plants in the office can reduce absenteeism by as much as 50%, and minor illnesses by 30%?
This is partially because of the fact that the presence of plants means that CO2 levels are reduced, as well removing lots of dust, bacteria and mould from the air, which would otherwise be being inhaled by employees.
All in all, plants and flowers generally just create a much nicer and more pleasant environment to work in, and making employees (and clients) feel comfortable like this should not be underestimated.
So now that you know some of the benefits of having plants in the workplace, exactly what sort of plants should you be looking at?
Ideally, you want to stick with indoor plants which require minimum upkeep such as aloe, spider plants, cacti, ivy and succulents.
And remember, you can always find plants of any shape or size, so don’t worry if you’re currently working in a cramped space as you’re sure to be able to find something to suit you, and it might even make the room look that bit better!
If you want to learn more about how plants and flowers can benefit you and your colleagues, be sure to check out the full infographic from Flowercard below.