Need to be more productive at work? Buy flowers!

It’s a general trend in big companies to stimulate productivity by encouraging physical activity, flexible working hours or installing entertainment rooms even in offices. What many company managers ignore, though, is that you can also contribute to greater employee efficiency by buying plants and flowers!

In fact, the beneficial effects of green plants, bouquets of fresh flowers and interior gardens are numerous and contribute as a whole to making employees happier, more relaxed, and more effective in their roles.

The beneficial effect of plants starts from the very first morning coffee. Harvard University has demonstrated that people who gaze at flowers at the first light of dawn are happier and feel more energetic that those operating in an environment with no greenery. Even individuals acknowledged as being not “morning people” admitted they felt an energy boost that lasted throughout the day, simply after gazing at flowers in the morning.

The greening up of work spaces also has a positive impact on the general morale of the troops. Many studies show that the presence of green plants in the working environment substantially reduces employee stress and anxiety levels. More relaxed and less preoccupied with their problems, employees end up performing better naturally. The same goes for the impact of plants on memory and concentration. One study even shows that, in a situation where demanding tasks have to be performed, workers’ effectiveness can double when surrounded by green plants.

Lastly, it has also been proven that work spaces with plants encourage creativity. To develop new ideas, avant-garde solutions and permit the company to innovate, you really want plants at the party!

In brief, at all levels of business operations, green plants along windows, bouquets of fresh flowers in the kitchen or meeting room or even in the interior garden in the lobby add to efficiency and productivity. What ping-pong table can claim as much?

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Resources:

Ceylan, Canan; Dul, Jan and Aytac, Serpil. 2008. Can the office environment stimulate a manager's creativity? Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing & Service Industries, Volume 18, Issue 6, pages 589–602.

Etcoff, Nancy. 2006. The Home Ecology of Flowers Research Methodology, Society of American Florists.

Larsen, Larissa; Adams, Jeffrey; Deal, Brian; Kweon, Byoung Suk and Tyler, Elizabeth. 1998. Plants in the Workplace : The Effects of Plant Density on Productivity, Attitudes, and Perceptions. Environment and Behavior May, vol. 30 no. 3 261-281.

Newcomer, Laura. 2012. Need to Be Productive? Buy Some Flowers.

 

 

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