How to Boost Morale in the Workplace with Plants

Posted by Jason Wyrwicz on May 27th 2021

Most of us spend eight hours per day in the office, some even longer. When you spend such a large amount of your waking hours in an environment that is often busy, hectic, even chaotic, stress quickly ensues.

That is why in this article, we share some little changes you can make in your workplace that can have big effects on your team’s morale.

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What Causes Low Morale in the Workplace?

Many things can affect your employees’ morale, but in this post, we want to focus on environmental factors. The environment is known to have a significant impact on people’s psychological wellbeing.

For example, it is in poorly maintained areas of cities, with dilapidated buildings and graffiti-marked walls, where some of the highest crime levels are typically recorded. Many times, when cities invest in these areas, crime rates fall, and business occupancy rates increase.

Therefore, a plain and unadorned office space is not going to support productivity. But it does not take much to enhance the workplace.

How to Improve Wellbeing in the Workplace?

According to the University of Berkeley, one of the easiest ways to boost team creativity and morale is by enhancing the work environment. It is as simple as adding a few decorations, updating some furnishings, and placing a few plants around the office.

Creativity and morale are crucial for organizational success. If a few office decorations can boost both of these elements, then it is certainly worth it, both for the business’s success and for the mental wellbeing of your team.

How Are Plants Good for Wellbeing in the Workplace?

Plants help workplace wellbeing in several ways. Firstly, they can improve people’s state of mind due to the color and beauty they bring to any room. Plants come in all colors, shapes, and sizes, but they can all transform a mundane office into a pleasant workplace.

In addition to making rooms look pleasant, plants can make rooms smell lovely too. For example, the lemon balm plant fills the nearby air with a sweet, lemony fragrance. However, these sweet smells do more than make the room smell nice; studies have also shown fragrance boosts people’s moods.

The third way plants boost people’s wellbeing is a little more indirect, but it may be even more vital for people’s health and wellbeing. Any well-maintained office may appear clean, but if you could see the pollutants lingering in the air, you might question your assumption.

Indoor air pollution comes from some of the most common items found in an office: adhesives, carpeting, ceiling tiles, cleaning products, printers, bags, nail polish remover, paper towels, photocopiers, and many other products.

Office plants help protect your employees’ health and wellbeing by removing harmful pollutants from the air, such as formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, ammonia, alcohols, and acetone.

Which Office Plants Are Good for Morale and Wellbeing in the Workplace?

All office plants have the potential to boost office morale and wellbeing. But with so many possibilities, it may seem tricky to narrow down the possibilities. However, having people suggest or select plants for the workspace could become an engaging team activity.

You could choose plants to match your brand or workspace style, or you could choose plants based on people’s preferences. If you are short of ideas, here are a few recommendations:


Cacti are easy to maintain and only need a bit of water. Keep them exposed to the sunlight, and they’ll do their thing. Cacti go nicely with our Saint Tropez vase.

Bamboo Palm

The bamboo palm is known to have the highest rating for removing pollutants from the air, creating a beautiful environment and clean air.

Lemon Balm

If you want a plant that will sweeten up everyone’s mood, the lemon balm is what you are looking for. This leafy plant gives off a lemon aroma that is known to reduce stress. Add a touch of class with our Lima Square Planter.