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The Power of Plants in the Office

September 25, 2014

Plants are beautiful to look at when you step outside, taking a break from the constant grind in the office, but what is to say that you cannot bring those plants indoors? There are numerous benefits of having greenery in your office, including lower stress levels and cleaner air, both of which result in reduced illnesses.   

Lower Stress Levels  

 

Stress is a common word that is thrown around any office building, but those that have plants prominently placed in important areas are likely to have fewer complaints. Plants help to lift spirits, reduce anxiety, and prevent anger. When this occurs, what you are left with is a more productive work environment that enables you to have focused employees that make fewer mistakes, and who are more likely to stay on task.  

 

Clean Air  

 

The air inside any office building can get stale, filled with germs, and be just unpleasant to breathe. Think of the number of people milling around the office, sharing their germs with one another, and you will understand why so many sick days are used every year. In addition, dust, mold, and bacteria can linger in the air, furthering the risk of respiratory and gastrointestinal illness. Strategically placing plants throughout the office can help to clear the air from these toxins, as well as add the perfect amount of humidity to the air, decreasing the number of colds and flus that get passed around in drier air.  

 

The Type of Plants to Have  

 

There are hundreds of different types of plants that you can have in the office. A few of the most common that have proven to have health benefits include:  

 

·         English Ivy

 

·         Peace Lily

 

·         Rubber Plant

 

·         Bamboo  

 

Choose the plants that you place in your office based on the needs of your employees, as well as your general knowledge of caring for plants. Some are easier to care for than others, simply requiring occasional water and adequate sunlight, with a little plant food once a month for good measure. The benefits that you will reap from these small tasks will be immense, allowing you to ensure staff wellness year-round.

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Don Hall, DrPH, CHES, Founder Wellsource

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