Superhero powers have always amazed us mere mortal humans and movies like Captain America: Civil War remind us of that.
The undeniable strength of Iron Man and uncanny psychological abilities of Black Widow set these heroes apart from the rest of world.
Other Marvel movies like, Ant-Man, Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy have featured characters inspired by Mother Nature’s creations.
Similarly, plants have special powers of their own, transforming offices into places of tranquility and creativity.
You may be shocked at how powerful plants are. The benefits work spaces gain from having indoor plants are astounding and inspire people each day to add them to their office decor.
We have six reasons why plants are the true superheroes in your office.
1. Plants reduce stress.
Anyone who has worked in an office knows the work environment can be stressful. Working against tight deadlines, multi-tasking and spending a majority of the day in a stark room can really add up. But, by bringing a little bit of nature indoors can do wonders.
Studies have shown that being close to greenery makes us feel more at ease with our surroundings yet more stimulating and creative. People tend to make fewer mistakes, which in turn leads to a more productive work environment. Plants also boost one’s mood, by combating anxious and depressive thoughts and feelings.
2. Plants improve physical well-being.
A university professor by the name of Tove Fjeld in Norway found that plants improve employee health in offices, schools and hospitals. Like a thoughtful caped crusader, plants were found to fight ailments like, fatigue, common colds, dry skin and headaches. As a result, employees take fewer sick days.
3. Plants reduce background noise.
If your office is near a busy road, train tracks or contains chatty co-workers, the noise level can rise quickly. This makes it difficult for people to focus on the task at hand. Luckily, our studies have shown plants adsorb, reflect or diffract background noise. Lowering noise levels in and around office spaces creates a more comforting, productive work environment.
4. Plants help improve air quality.
Have you ever heard of Sick Building Syndrome (SBS)? This is used to describe the acute health issues building occupants face that is linked to their time spent in buildings. There are no specific causes to SBS but poor air quality, background noise and lighting are strong factors.
Indoor plants tackle some of these issues by reducing carbon dioxide levels, increasing humidity and reducing the amount of pollutants, such as nitrogen dioxide, in the work space. Thanks to photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. This improves air quality by increasing oxygen levels, making it easier to breathe.
5. Improve business image to potential clients and current employees.
Surveys have shown plants in office spaces give potential clients the impression that the company is, trustworthy, well-run, warm and welcoming and stable and balanced. Also, there is a higher retention of employees in workplaces with indoor plants because greenery improves the aesthetic of offices.
Who knew adding a little greenery to your work space could have such an impact on the psychology of business?
6. Indoor plants are low-maintenance.
We may have already won you over with why you should add plants to your work environment, but you might be thinking, who is going to take care of these plants? Luckily, Ambius consultants are pros at finding low maintenance indoor plants that work well in low light environments and with less watering. Some of these plants include:
- ZZ Plant
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Let indoor plants come to the rescue and bring relief to your employees and work space. For more information on how you can add plants to your workplace, contact us online or at 888-368-8060.