Office plants are office heros

Like snacks in the lunchroom, office plants are a cost-effective way to brighten up your team’s workday, improve productivity and clean the air. To help you create a fresh, healthy environment, Servest’s specialised team has five reasons why it makes sense to include office plants when designing your organisational layout. 1. Office plants improve employee […]

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Like snacks in the lunchroom, office plants are a cost-effective way to brighten up your team’s workday, improve productivity and clean the air.

To help you create a fresh, healthy environment, Servest’s specialised team has five reasons why it makes sense to include office plants when designing your organisational layout.

1. Office plants improve employee health

Plants are known to naturally filter toxins from the air, and contribute to keeping your people healthy, happy and productive. Some plants are known air purifiers such as Peace Lilies, Devil’s Ivy and Spider Plants, all of which will be a welcome addition to your workspace.

2. Office plants can increase productivity

Workspaces that lack décor and office plants are often thought of as toxic spaces. A study conducted by Exeter University found workspaces furnished with office plants, have a 15% higher productivity rate than those without. The reason is simple – employees that enjoy their surroundings achieve greater outputs and have an easier time staying focused.

3. Some plants improve creativity

Stimulating a person’s senses has been proven to improve the flow of ideas. Office plants stimulate the senses of sight, smell and touch. Plants that are known to improve creativity include, Hens and Chicks, Chamaedorea Elegans and Cypress Vines.

4. Plants can absorb background noise

Open-plan workspaces are noisy and distracting. Office plants act as a buffer, especially if your building has hard surfaces and exposed concrete floors. Place larger plants around the edges and corners of a room. Plants that absorb sound best include, ‘Anita’ Dragon Tree, Snake Plant and Weeping Fig.

5. Office plants can assist with mental health

Stress and anxiety is unavoidable. A study by Exeter University found that office plants have the following benefits on the mental health of employees.

– 37% reduction in anxiety

– 44% reduction in office hostility

– 40% reduction of chronic fatigue

– 58% reduction in reported depression.

Known mood-enhancing plants are Pincushion Cacti, Desert Gem and Blue Barrel Cacti.

If your organisation is ready to smell the roses, and enhance your working environment, get in touch with Servest for smart solutions.

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