Office Design: Working with Plants
Office plants not only add color and some fresh air to your workplace but can increase employee productivity and happiness as well. How, you ask? Allow us to explain the benefits of working plants into your office design.
Studies have shown time and time again that live plants in the workplace have mood-boosting qualities and foster a more creative and productive environment. By working in a space with more color and objects of interest, employees get less bored of staring at mundane cubical walls and find it easier to focus. From a design perspective, plants are a simple and unique way to divide spaces in an office instead of putting up walls or dividers. For example, in this image plants are used to add an extra barrier between employees’ desks and the walkway, diminishing the opportunity for distractions.
It’s no secret that plants help purify the air, but why is this so important for office spaces? Plants help to remove air pollutants called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can be found all over the average office, coming from anything from furniture to common office supplies such as ink and paper. They pull the contaminants into the soil and convert the VOCs into plant food, improving the surrounding office air quality. With most employees spending around 9 hours a day indoors, good air quality is important to keeping them healthy and free of common sicknesses.
Choosing a Plant
When it comes to choosing your office greenery, there are a lot of options. To decide which plants are best suited for your needs, determine what features are most important to you, whether it be improving air quality, providing a screen, or becoming a pleasant focal point. Most offices don’t have a lot of natural light, so selecting a low-maintenance plant that thrives in low-light environments is crucial to ensuring you don’t end up with wilting and withering plants.
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