Think Green: The Benefits of Adding Plants to Your Corporate Office Environment
Increased productivity, higher profits, and happier employees are all positive business aspects any company would seek to cultivate. Savvy businesses and corporations have long realized physical environments directly affect an employee’s productivity, as well as client’s attitudes.
Numerous studies have been conducted over the last decade, and the results have turned up much the same facts; employee’s productivity, creative performance, and overall satisfaction increase substantially when living foliage and flowering plants are introduced into the work environment. In fact, the majority of Fortune 500 companies have landscaped their office interiors in order to boost morale, build employee contentment, and promote productivity.
Without question, interior plants are a natural and vital part of a productive workplace environment. While a more productive and profitable workforce can be one plus of plants in the workplace, it is not the only benefit.
Along with improving employee productivity, plants help cleanse the air and combat ‘Sick Building Syndrome’. Office buildings are environmentally sealed to increase HVAC efficiency. Inside those environments however, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from thousands of solids and liquids, some of which can have serious adverse health effects. Some VOC emitting products include paints and lacquers, office equipment like copiers and printers, building materials and furnishings, correction fluids and carbonless copy paper, glues and adhesives, and even permanent markers.
Many studies, including those conducted by NASA, have proven plants commonly used in interior foliage design cleanse the air of many harmful pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. Golden Pothos, Philodendrons, Corn Plants, and Bamboo Palms for example, are particularly effective in cleansing the air of formaldehyde. Spaths (peace lily) and Dracenas remove quantities of benzene. Thanks to the process called photosynthesis, plants take in carbon dioxide and other air-borne pollutants, and in exchange produce oxygen.
Plants also help keep humidity within a healthy range, and thus reduce upper respiratory complications for some people. In the final analysis, it is clear there are many benefits to having plants in your office:
- Increased Productivity
- Increased Profits
- Higher Level of Employee Satisfaction
- Aesthetically Pleasing Environment
- Improved Air Quality