Environmental psychologists will tell you that plants make any space attractive. But apart from their beauty, they offer many health benefits, especially when used as decorative items in homes and offices. Studies suggest that indoor plants reduce stress, increase productivity and enhance the feeling of wellbeing. Perhaps, you already know that being closer to greeneries makes you feel more at ease with the surrounding environment. Plants make buildings quieter and relaxed but at the same time more interesting and stimulating. Here are the eight reasons you should add more indoor plants in your office.
Scientists have agreed that indoor plants can improve your indoor space and they effectively fight the modern-day Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). The cause of this condition is unknown but they associate it with excessive background noise, poor air quality and inadequate humidity and light in the office. Plants help solve most of these issues and improve air quality.
Plants will absorb sounds but not insulate against pollution. They, therefore, help reduce the distraction effects of background chatters. By positioning very large plant points in various locations in your workplace, you will benefit more.
Snake plants, commonly known as Mother in Law’s Tongue, demand low maintenance but are among the toughest indoor plants. They feature upright leaves and they will be a centre of attention in your office. Generally, plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen during the day but the opposite happens at night. The case is different for snake plants because they release oxygen at night.
Around 10 percent of the moisture you breathe comes from plants. You can increase the humidity in your office by choosing your indoor plants properly. Some plants like areca palm are good for your office because they release moisture constantly into your indoor space. Succulents and cacti plants, on the other hand, will retain water and they will only release little moisture both day and night.
You do not have to buy the artificial air fresheners anymore. Some fragrant plants like the dwarf kaffir lime tree will make your office smell good. The plants are chemical-free and they will freshen up your entire space. They are edible too.
Indoor plants will make you feel like you are under the sky, and not a roof. The gift of colourful flowers and plants will perk you up throughout the day. Studies show that hospital patients recover faster if there are plants in their rooms. That is because plants improve our positivity levels and make us feel relaxed and secure. They also reduce depression and loneliness. When caring for a living thing, you will have a purpose in life. You will feel good if the plants you have been caring for bloom. Go for plants that need less maintenance such as the African violets. The plants will bloom throughout the year and they will not demand much from you.
A 2015 report from Human Spaces also showed that employees who work in offices containing natural elements scored around 15 percent higher for creativity as compared to those who did not include such elements in their workspaces. Moreover, attention restoration theory claims that you can shift your brain into processing mode by looking at nature. Therefore, indoor plants will make your employees concentrate and feel more relaxed.
The addition of one plant for every one square metre will improve the memory retention of your workers and help them score higher in the basic tests. When working in a place where they can see something that gets them psychologically engaged, such as an indoor plant, your employees will be happier and more productive.
At Evolve Cleaning, not only do we specialise in commercial cleaning but we also know the process of caring for indoor plants for your workspace. Not every plant will do well in your workspace. You will have to consider the various restrictions like availability of daylight, the amount of water the plants need and the number of times you can water the plants. Plants that thrive in workplaces include rubber plants, peace lilies and succulents. Our qualified team of office cleaners will help you maintain them in the right shape.
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