The 5 Top Benefits of Plants in the Workplace - Shady Gum

As humans, we have an innate desire to be close to nature, a phenomenon known as ‘biophilia’. Interacting with greenery or spending time in a natural environment (such as a park or garden) can improve our mood, reduce fatigue, anxiety and stress, sharpen our focus and concentration, and even strengthen our immune system. In fact, being close to nature can make us happy – PERIOD!

But have you ever thought about the benefits of having plants inside your place of work? When you researched the term ‘nursery near me’, were you thinking of buying plants for your office? Probably not!

Plants make for great decorations and they can liven up an office space better than any expensive paintings or decorative knick-knacks. However, they also offer benefits that go beyond the aesthetic or visual.

Here are 5 reasons why you must consider adding plants to your workspace:

  1. They purify the air

This one’s a no-brainer! Modern office buildings, with predominantly air-conditioned and sealed air can contain massive amounts of pollutants and toxic substances like mould, formaldehyde, dust mites, carbon monoxide and chemical cleaning agents. Indoor plants reduce carbon dioxide, air-borne particulate matter and harmful pollutants, and infuse the air with life-sustaining oxygen. They also stabilise humidity levels and help to relieve the symptoms of ‘sick building syndrome’ (SBS).

  1. They help reduce stress and anxiety

A 2010 study by the new University of Technology, Sydney found that when plants were introduced to a workspace, workers experienced a significant reduction in stress, depression, anxiety, anger and even fatigue. It is a well-known fact that the colour green has a relaxing and calming effect on the mind. So decorating offices with plants can help promote well-being and high performance among staff members.

  1. They can reduce absenteeism due to sickness

Office environments that incorporate natural elements like plants tend to report higher well-being and lower illness-caused absenteeism than offices that don’t include such elements. The reasons for this are both physical and psychological.

  1. They can reduce noise levels and improve productivity

When placed in offices with hard surfaces (hardwood floors, concrete walls, etc), plants can effectively absorb noises and help reduce the distracting effects of background office chatter. In addition, research has shown that when offices are filled with plants, employee productivity tends to increase. Plants also help improve memory retention, focus and concentration – all of which can positively affect productive output and performance.

 

  1. They can also boost creativity

This one’s true as well! Employees working in offices with plants tend to be more creative ‘out-of-the-box’ thinkers than those whose offices don’t include any natural elements. Looking at nature can change the brain and improve its processing mechanisms, which can make employees feel more relaxed and imaginative.

Which plants does the nursery near me recommend?

When choosing a plant for your workspace, make sure it’s suitable for the area (think about the available space, sunlight, etc).

Here are our Top 10 recommendations for beautiful indoor plants to liven up your workplace. Some of these purify the air; some are extremely low-maintenance; while others are great for low-light environments:

  1. Rubber tree plant
  2. Cactus
  3. Spider plant
  4. Aloe Vera
  5. Succulents
  6. Bamboo
  7. Ficus
  8. Peace lily
  9. Jade plant
  10. Chinese Evergreen

If you have been searching for the term ‘nursery near me’, look no further! Drop in to Shady Gum, a full-featured nursery and gardening centre that offers everything you’ll need to create your very own Garden of Eden. From plants and turf to pots, gardening furniture and decor items, we aim to be your favourite nursery and gardening one-stop shop. Give us a call or simply drop in. We’d love to see you!