We’re always on the lookout for simple ways to make offices more comfortable and more efficient. It turns out that adding some type of greenery, whether artificial or real, has been shown to impact not only how you feel about your office space, but also how well you work. There are many ways to incorporate greenery throughout the entire office in order to take advantage of the positive effects of plants.
Your Own Working Space: Research has shown that adding a live plant to working space can be incredibly beneficial. Have you ever wondered why nature landscapes are popular choices as screen backgrounds or even screensavers? One reason is that nature has been shown to have a restorative effect on workers – that is, simply gazing at scenes of nature or at a plant or flower on our desk actually refreshes us. It essentially gives us a bit of a break just by looking at it.
In fact, many people who have plants or some type of greenery in their office or cubicle report feeling less stressed and more energized when compared to those who don’t have any type of greenery whatsoever. Here are some great low maintenance plants that do well in many traditional office environments:
- Golden Pothos
- English Ivy
- Jade Plant
- Spider Plant
- Asparagus Fern
Artificial plants are also a great option for those who want the lovely appearance of a plant, but perhaps are too busy with work to remember to consistently water a real, live plant.
Reception Areas: Greenery can do a lot to transform a reception area or waiting room. Green is considered to be a welcoming and trustworthy color – two qualities that you definitely want your waiting room to exude.
Restrooms: As an often overlooked part of the office, restrooms usually don’t have much by the way of décor. Adding some wall art and a nice plant or two can really do so much to elevate the space. Plants especially can make the usually drab scene appear livelier and more inviting.
Get Creative: Don’t be afraid to add greenery in fun, unique ways. Some stand-out workplaces include greenery into their designs, whether it’s the word “grow” made out of artificial plants and carved into the wall (also known as moss graffiti) or it’s trees built into desks. Greenery can truly make any space better so don’t be afraid to do something beyond the norm. The unique feature is sure to impress clients, employees and other guests.