Not only can plants make your office look better, but did you know they can make the people in your office feel better too?
Numerous studies have proven that by having a few plants in your office it can improve the overall health and well-being of your employees and reduce the number of sick days taken.
Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) has been a recognised illness since the early 1980’s.
SBS has widely been associated to time spent in a building and attributed to flaws in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning.
Other causes identified include exposure to chemical contaminants and organic compounds such as bacteria, moulds, pollen and viruses.
The good news is, indoor plants are very effective in removing these toxins through the microbes at their roots. Through a plant’s usual photosynthetic process they absorb these toxins and provide the fresh air and humidity that makes everyone healthier.
Studies conducted at John Moores University in Liverpool indicated that plants are effective in removing most indoor air pollutants, and offices with plants have 50-60% less molds and bacteria in the atmosphere when compared to offices with no indoor plants.
Plants Filter The Air in an Indoor Environment
Contaminants from furniture, insulation and carpets can cause a variety of illnesses including; rashes, respiratory problems, headaches, dizziness and even allergic reactions. This leads to poor concentration and lower productivity levels.
Healthy plants absorb toxins, including carbon dioxide through their leaves and root systems and emit oxygen for employees to breathe better.
Energy Consumption and Noise Reduction
Indoor plants have also been proven to cut down distractions due to office noise as their soil and leaves absorb background noise.
They are also known to create their own micro climate, absorbing heat and reducing the amount of air conditioning required.
How Many Plants Are Needed In an Office and Where Should They Be Positioned
Depending on the impact and if you are attempting to address any specific issues within your workplace, the quantity of plants will vary.
Ideally, one plant per every three workers has proven to be the most effective, but one plant positioned on or close to a desk has proven to improve mood.
Placing plants in the line of vision can help reduce blood pressure and lessen stress in as little as five minutes. The Green Building Council of Australia has a specific Green Star Rating tool for ensuring the best results in removing toxins within an office space.
Other Benefits of Indoor Plants
It’s also been demonstrated that when plants are present in the workplace, ailments such as headaches, sore throats, coughs and dry skin are less prominent.
Indoor plants also play a vital role in providing a pleasant and tranquil working environment for clients and employees.
More than ever, the benefits of the plants in the workplace are being studied, with results found to be compelling.
The list of benefits from office plants are growing all the time.
How To Find Out More
To find out more about what plants are best suited for your own office environment, you can contact Green Design for a full on site inspection and quote. One of our consultants can help recommend the best plants and will take into account your own preferences for pot styles and plant species.