Benefits of Office Plants

Posted by Jason Wyrwicz on Dec 23rd 2019

It has been proven time and time again that humans need nature. Spending time in nature offers renewal most people need as they navigate an increasingly hectic world. Since humans spend a big chunk of their life in the workplace, the use of office planters is a great way to bring nature indoors. While the use of indoor planters is pleasing as a décor element alone, there are a lot of great benefits worth noting aside from the aesthetic appeal.

office meeting area with plants

1. Plants reduce stress

One of the biggest benefits about using indoor planters is that plants reduce stress. In any work environment, the issue of stress plays a role in the overall health of employees. In a study performed by the University of Technology in Australia, results concluded that plants being introduced to office spaces offered results such as:

  • 37% decrease in tension and anxiety
  • 38% reduction in fatigue
  • 44% decrease in anger and hostility
  • 58% drop in depression

The use of office plants may help staff to live healthier and happier work lives which is always a benefit for the company overall. Plants help give the same benefits of spending time outdoors in nature while the color green has a relaxing effect according to the principles of color psychology.

2. Plants increase productivity

Another great benefit of adding office planters is that they increase productivity. According to a research completed by the University of Exeter, adding just a few plants to work environments has the potential to increase productivity by 15% while also helping with memory retention as well. The key to increasing productivity by way of adding plants is to aim for adding one plant per square meter with the overall goal being that each employee should be able to see a plant from their desk. This doesn't mean you need to add a plant to each desk, but there should be enough greenery in the space that it is visible from all work areas and desks.

3. They help cut down on sick days

There is no denying that happier employees tend to be healthier employees. The use of plants helps with health and happiness by reducing depression, anxiety, and stress which in turns helps keep employees healthier. In fact, a biophilic design study conducted by Human Spaces studied 7,600 office workers in a study spanning 16 countries to discover that 58% of workers in the study had no plants in their work area. The more interesting discovery of the study was that the workers with plants in their work area had a 15% higher well-being score and upwards of 6% higher productivity scores than workers without plants. Similarly, by the Agricultural University of Norway found that adding plants to the workspace helped to decrease illness symptoms by up to 25% which reduced the absence rates of workers due to sickness.

4. Plants make the air cleaner

Plants are more than a soothing design element. They are essential to healthier breathing and purifying the air. NASA was one of the first to highlight the way plants purify the air with their now famous Clean Air Study. This study found that plants were especially useful for removing potentially harmful chemicals from the air such as benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde. The use of plants in office spaces provides cleaner air for healthier breathing. This will benefit your employees in terms of their health while benefiting the company overall because healthy employees are more productive employees.

5. It creates a pleasing environment for job applicants

Another reason to consider adding some much needed greenery to the office space is to create a pleasing environment for potential job applicants. Plants create a pleasing environment that also shows that the company cares about creating an enjoyable work experience in even the smallest details. While the idea of minimalist décor has been the hot trend for office spaces the last few years, more and more companies are listening to studies regarding plants to add some much-needed greenery to the mix. According to the study performed by Human Spaces, a third of the people surveyed in the larger biophilic design study stated that the overall workplace design would impact their decision to take a job at a company. This figure makes sense when you look at the many ways plants may benefit workers in their overall health and well-being.

6. Plants make workers more creative

When workers are creative, they are able to think outside the proverbial box to come up with new solutions to workplace problems. Did you know that plants may help workers reach their creative potential in the workplace? The study conducted by Human Spaces found that employees scored 15% higher on creativity tests when plants were present in their workspace than employees without this element present. This is useful in just about any industry but is especially useful for businesses where creativity is key in solving common work projects or problems.

Tips for Bringing Plants to the Workspace

Now that you know the many benefits of adding planters to the office, we have a few tips to help you get started.

  • Focus on green, live plants. When adding plants to the office, the key is to focus on green, leafy plans to get the most benefit. While flowers are pretty and pleasing to the eye, most plant studies are based on leafier plants such as ferns or even succulents. It is also important to note that while many locations opt for artificial plants, most of these benefits listed are only achieved by use of real plants. For instance, acritical plants do not work for purifying the air since they do not absorb chemicals.
  • Choose the right size planter. When looking at planters for the office, you should keep in mind the size of the space and the growth depth of the roots. The available floor or tabletop space in the office will help you as a starting point so you can narrow down planter size. The space requirements of the plant as it grows can also help you narrow down the possible plants. When you look at these two factors together, it becomes much easier to add greenery to the office.
  • Consider the planter style. Planters come in a range of styles to accommodate any décor theme. From modern approaches with sleek lines to bright pops of color for a lively space, there is a planter style for any preference and décor scheme.