Plants in office make workers more productive
Yes, plants in the office do make a difference. According to an international team of researchers, greenery in office environments makes workers happier and more productive.
For the study, researchers compared the effect of “lean” and “green” offices on worker’s perception of air quality, concentration and workplace satisfaction, and also on objective measures of productivity. The study took several months and was conducted in two large commercial offices in The Netherlands and the U.K.
Results showed that the effect of introducing plants into the lean work environments improved all the measures, and boosted productivity by 15 percent. Researchers suggest that a green workplace helps office workers be more physically, mentally and emotionally involved in their work.
The findings challenge modern business ideas that say lean offices are more productive. But the researchers said that their analysis suggests that greenery makes work more comfortable, enjoyable and profitable, and sends the message to workers that their employer cares about them.