There are so many factors to consider when planning your office environment – from flow and layout to furniture, connectivity and accessibility it takes a great deal of effort and attention to detail to create a cohesive workspace that caters to all your staff.
One of the sometimes overlooked but highly important accessories to consider is office plants.
Some may think of them only as decorative and a nice-to-have, but actually they play a far greater role than might first be imagined…
Far from being just elements to brighten up a corner, plants bring numerous unseen benefits, including:
- Lowering workplace stress – a study showed tension and anxiety fell by 37% when plants were introduced into the test work environment
- Enhancing productivity – research revealed a 15% improvement after introducing just a ‘handful of houseplants’
Lowering blood pressure, reducing fatigue and improving concentration by up to 15% according to the 2015 Human Space Report:
- Lowering air temperature by up to 10 degrees Celsius
- Reducing CO2 levels by up to 10% in air-conditioned buildings
- Improving humidity to a range between 30-60% (the recommended range for human comfort)
- Reducing noise levels by absorbing ambient sound
This is not to say that they don’t also bring aesthetic benefits – some offices use large plants and small trees to unique, dramatic and beautiful effect. In fact, studies show that buildings lacking greenery are instantly regarded as less attractive and welcoming – factors that could influence a potential client’s decision at the end of the day.
Top plants to include in your office flora
You’ll need to consider factors such as daylight, watering schedules and maintenance, flowering and pollen impacts for those with allergies, however pretty much any indoor plants are suitable for use in office environments.
In particular, palms are great for CO2 reduction, and succulents offer low-maintenance and water-saving benefits.
Our top recommended plants include:
- Peace Lily
- Chinese Evergreen
- English Ivy
- Parlor Palm
- Snake Plant
- Ming Aralia