Humans have a natural desire to be connected to nature. Scientists call this theory biophilia. Even though this is an innate quality, many employers do not consider the psychological effects that physical spaces have on the well-being of their employees. At BIRCHCITY we specialize in the Art of Sensible Living, so we have compiled a list of 5 top benefits of designing with plants in the workplace.
An article in The Guardian reported that a study done by Exeter University found that plants increased productivity. Dr Chris Knight emphasizes "what was important was that everybody could see a plant from their desk. If you are working in an environment where there's something to get you psychologically engaged you are happier and you work better".
Research into color psychology shows that different colors evoke psychological reactions. Many people affiliate the color green with nature. Adding plants into your office space brings up feelings of lush grass and trees creating a tranquil natural feeling, in turn reducing stress and optimizing working conditions.
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Plants also give your employees something beautiful to look at and be surrounded by, thus giving them inspiration for their work. In the 2015 Human Spaces Report, researchers found that offices that included natural elements like plants scored 15% higher in creativity.
One factor that is less likely considered is the background noise of an office space. Especially in an industrial space with flat concrete walls, there are far less surfaces to absorb excess noise. Adding large plants with wide broad leaves can help fix that issue, increasing the amount of surface area to bring down the din of a bustling work place.
Did you know that many employers do not consider how plants can help increase happiness? One in five people say that their offices have zero natural elements. This means that many employees are working in a sterile lifeless place. With this knowledge, it is pretty easy to understand how introducing plants can increase the happiness of your employees. That’s why more and more potential employees are now considering the physical space when applying for jobs.
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Now, armed with this knowledge, you can apply these tips to your own workplace and witness the shift in quality, and employee satisfaction.
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