Working From Home? How Flowers Can Improve Your Productivity
As lockdown continues around the world, working from home has become the new normal for many of us. So, finding easy ways to add a joyful touch to our workspace is now more vital than ever as a means to lift spirits and improve overall wellbeing.
A research study at Texas A&M University confirmed that flowers and plants can improve productivity, creativity and problem-solving in the workplace. Exposure to flowers reduces anxiety and negative feelings and can even provide an energy boost. Furthermore, the presence of flowers and plants in the workplace can be beneficial to both men and women.
The study revealed both men and women experienced an increase in innovative thinking, creativity, and problem-solving with the presence of flowers or plants in their workplace. While men generated a greater abundance of ideas (30% more ideas when working in environments with flowers and plants than ones without) women exposed to flowers and plants in the workplace generated more creative, flexible solutions to problems.
Whether you work in a traditional office setting or from home, there are many ways to incorporate flowers into your daily life to help boost your productivity and creativity.
How Plants Can Increase Productivity in the Workplace
1) They clean the air!
Contrary to popular belief, air pollution levels are almost always higher inside buildings than they are outside (even in busy city centres). There’s a consensus among scientists that any decrease in indoor air quality directly affects health and performance, so whether you’re burnt out or too stressed to function, plants can offer the perfect solution.
During the day, whilst they are performing photosynthesis, good indoor plants reliably reduce VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and increase oxygen to carbon dioxide ratios. The positive effects this has on mental and physical health are well-recognized and it’s definitely worth investing in office plants for your own sake.
2) They provide an oasis
There’s no getting around the fact that workday stress is a normal occurrence, but it’s still important to mitigate this risk as much as possible. One sure-fire way to reduce stress levels (without blowing your budget, of course) is to turn your space into a treasure trove of plants. But don’t worry, no one’s suggesting that you need a jungle to produce a noticeable effect – keep it slick and sophisticated, just like your work ethic! We recommend adding one plant per square meter on your workplace, which research suggests may help improve memory retention and get you more psychologically engaged; nature lovers can almost certainly look forward to being happier and working better if they have their very own calming oasis.
3) They have a huge impact on mood
To know why office plants are so popular right now, ask yourself what comes to mind when you think about them. For many, nature takes the top spot; understandably, the phenomenal physical world that gives us flowers and birds and all the things we love, as well as making everyone feel better, is a big draw. Accordingly, green is regarded by colour psychologists as one of the most soothing shades there is. And with so much to enjoy about Mother Earth, incorporating plants and greenery into your working space can only be a positive step. We promise you’ll notice a considerable difference in productivity as well!
4) They help reduce noise levels
If you’re into peace and quiet, you’ll love having plants where you work. By absorbing sounds instead of insulating against noise pollution, they minimise the distracting effects of background noise. This then improves your productivity and profitability with only a small investment made on your part. Small pots are ideally suited for tabletops and desks, but you should focus on positioning larger plants in the edges and corners of your office to receive the full benefit. And if you can’t get enough of them, there’s always the option to install a focal floral centrepiece (providing you have the room, of course).
5) They can boost creativity
Have you ever heard of attention restoration theory? Neither did we until we started researching this piece! Basically, it suggests that looking at nature – even just images of the natural world – can shift the brain into a different processing mode, making employees feel more relaxed and better able to concentrate. This, in turn, promotes a greater sense of creativity at work that will result in increased effectiveness and enduring efficiencies. Co-existing with greenery will help you complete daily tasks with greater accuracy, while memory and attention span can be boosted by up to 20% in their presence. So, do yourself a favour and order plants for your office today. The sooner you do, the sooner you’ll feel more enriched to get things done.
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