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Daily Telegraph: "Why your office needs more plants"

Yet another article about the benefits of having plants in your working environment was published this week.

This time it's Lauren Davidson in the Daily Telegraph - Link Here


Office Plants to Enhance your Environment

"Companies around the world are focusing on ways to go green in the environmental sense, but they might be better off taking the issue more literally.

The presence of natural elements in an office, such as plants and sunlight, has a noticeable positive effect on workers, a new study has found.

Office environments with greenery and natural light can boost workplace productivity by 6pc and increase employee well-being and creativity by 15pc, according to the Human Spaces report.

The design of a workplace can even hurt the desirability of a job: a third of respondents said that an office layout would affect whether or not they wanted to work somewhere.

Despite this, most employers do not offer these simple amenities. Nearly half of global office employees, or 47pc, said they have no natural light at their workplaces, while 58pc have no plants in eyesight.

The Human Spaces report, which was commissioned by carpeting company Interface and written by the organisational psychologist Professor Sir Cary Cooper, surveyed 7,600 office workers across 16 countries.

“As well as enabling organisations to make links between their physical spaces and the performance of their people, this study throws light on one of the defining challenges of modern life – our ability to cope with urbanisation and loss of connection with green spaces,” said Sir Cary, who was the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Organizational Behavior and is currently the chair of the Academy of Social Sciences.

British workers took 131m days of sick leave in 2013, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Minor illnesses such as coughs and colds accounted for 27m sick days, while a further 15m days were lost to stress, anxiety or depression.

A series of studies conducted in two large commercial offices in the UK and the Netherlands last year found that turning a “lean” office green could boost worker productivity by 15pc.

The report also showed that the presence of plants has a beneficial effect on employees’ concentration and workplace satisfaction.

Chip DeGrace, executive creative director at Interface, said: “What we can clearly identify is that there needs to be an ongoing evolution of the traditional office space, and it seems that as a global population, we are becoming ever more cognisant of our surroundings and how they impact us.

“We can see that working in environments with natural elements, such as greenery and sunlight, leads to a higher level of well-being and productivity, which is an important consideration for any business in terms of responsibility to its employees.”

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