Your office re-imagined could look and sound like a tropical oasis. The humdrum of key tapping might sound like the pitter-patter of light rain on leaf-covered soil. The relentless office phone might be likened to a rare tropical bird calling for a mate. The gurgling water cooler might sound reminiscent of a vast waterfall flowing into a natural fresh spring. Who are we kidding right? NASA would have an easier job locating signs of life on Mars than in the twenty sparse, monochromatic cubicles in front of you.
Fortunately there are a couple of options available to inject more nature into your everyday life. One option – a dramatic Mission Impossible style escape, first out the office, then out the building, then down to the docks where a high speed power boat will be waiting to whisk you off to a remote island where you’ll live a hermetic life, free of copy machines, fluorescent lighting, and awkward kitchenette conversations with Bob from Accounts. Ah, now that sounds…impractical.
A second simple, more practical solution – bring some green into your office. A study conducted at Exeter University found that employees were 15 % more productive if their workplaces contained a few houseplants. The study also found, that contrary to popular belief lean work environments, devoid of visual interest, are actually counterproductive.
Tranquini would like to help you out during stress awareness month and you give you some advice on why greening up your workspace can do wonders for the soul, as well as improve productivity and keep you healthy.
Office Plants Make You More Productive
The presence of plants in your immediate workspace has been proven to help with cognitive tasks, as well as improve concentration and focus. Research has shown that fewer mistakes are made and tasks are completed faster due to high concentration levels. These high levels of concentration can be attributed to an increase in oxygen levels and reduction in carbon dioxide.
Plants Are Beneficial For Your Health
It’s hard to avoid catching the office cold unless you go to work dressed as bubble boy. Fortunately, if you have plants in your office, you won’t get sick as often. This has been attributed to improvement in air quality, as well as a reduction in dust and bacteria intake. Paint, furniture, plastics and cleaning products also produce a number of toxins which plants help reduce. So if you want to avoid catching your colleague’s cough, green up your desk.
Natural Colours Make You Feel Good
Colours like green and blue, two of the more common colours in nature, are proven to increase focus and lead to an overall sense of well-being. While your boss probably won’t let you repaint your desk or cubicle, why not colour your desk with a beautiful plant or two. Souvenirs, pictures and personal items have also been proven to increase productivity and happiness levels. So what are you waiting for? Turn your cubicle space into your personal canvas.
Office Plants Reduce Noise
Modern day open workspaces are often noisy, distracting environments making it hard to concentrate. It’s a little known fact that plants reduce ambient noise by as much as 5 decibels through sound absorption, deflection and refraction. Bring an office plant to work and you won’t have to turn up that Bruno Mars song quite so loud.
Which plants should you buy?
Because not all offices are created equal, it’s necessary to choose the right plants to suit your office. For example, Spider Plants are ideal for offices that do not have a lot of natural light, as they can still thrive in partial sun or shade. Similarly lemon balm can also survive with little direct sunlight, while also having the quality of improving mood and workplace wellness. Peace Lilly’s are also good options as they do well in shade and are known to be one of the best plants for improving indoor air quality. If all else fails, cactus plants and succulents require very little maintenance to survive.
So if you don’t have the resources to escape to a far away tropical paradise why not head down to your local nursery and ask for one of the plants we mentioned above, and share this article with your boss, co-workers and friends. Soon enough you’ll be surrounded by an oasis of green, sipping on a Tranquini, happy as Larry.