4 important benefits of having plants in your office

Having plants in your office can benefit your workforce, make a good impression on clients, and create a welcoming environment.

Psychologists say working among green plants is good for us because we subconsciously feel they restore us, giving us a feeling of calm and helping us refocus our attention. Here are four important benefits plants can bring:

1. They improve air quality

An office’s air quality can be dramatically improved if you introduce one plant for every three workers. Carbon dioxide levels can be cut by half as photosynthesis converts it into sugars to help plants feed and grow. Plants have also been known to help regulate humidity in an office and reduce the amount of dust in the air. They help to provide better quality air and prevent office ‘dry throat’ caused by air conditioning units.

2. They help reduce workplace stress

Studies have shown a reduction in tension, stress, and negative feelings where plants are introduced into offices. One study carried out in 2010 by the University of Technology in Sydney showed those taking part reported a 37% reduction in tension when plants were introduced, a 58% reduction in feeling depressed, a 44% reduction in anger or hostility, and a 38% reduction in fatigue.

3. They create a better environment

Plants help workers feel at home in an office, and they make a good impression on customers and potential clients who visit a workplace. They make your workplace look well-maintained and cared for.

4. They reduce noise

Plants can reduce noise in an office by deadening sounds – sometimes by up to as much as five decibels.

So which plants could you choose for your office? You need plants which can cope with the conditions, especially air conditioning. Good options include rubber plants, spider plants, aloe, succulents, cacti, and ivy. Part of our facilities management service includes taking care of the plants in your office, so you’ve got one less thing to worry about.