Studies by leading Universities have shown that employees who can see greenery from their desk were up to 12% more productive and less stressed than those who worked in an evnironment without plants. This green connection with nature, also known as Biophillia, makes us happier, healthier & improves our output & profitability.
A build up of Carbon Dioxide in offices can make employees drowsy and less productive. Plants absorb Carbon dioxide and manufacture Oxygen, helping workers stay alert and more productive. Plants also clean the air we breathe by removing airbourne toxins. Research by NASA found that indoor plants were able to remove up to 87% of air toxins in 24 hours. Making the air you breathe fresher and healthier.
Indoor plants can reduce fatigue, coughs, sore throats and other cold-related illnesses by more than 30% (Dr Tove Fjeld). Plants permanently cut absence due to illness. In one Norwegian hospital it fell from 15% to 5%. That is a 60% reduction. Better Health improves productivity, reduces staff absenteeism and improves profitability.
Minimalistic open plan offices can be noisy & distracting making it hard to concentrate. Plants not only deflect and absorb noise they also create natural screening, making it easier for employees to concentrate & keep focused on their work.
A three year study conducted by Professor Margaret Burchett at the University of Sydney [UTS], shows large stress reductions in staff that had one or more plants in their office. Better health and less stress saves money on staff absenteeism.