Adding plants to your office has a number of wellness benefits, including air purification. However, keeping plants in an office where they may not receive regular sunlight or are unlikely to be watered regularly will result in most plants dying prematurely.
All this makes picking the right plants for your office that much more difficult. If you need some advice to help you select plants for your office, we have put together a guide to help you get started. Here are the benefits of using indoor plants in the office and some varieties that you can choose.
Plants Remove Indoor Air Pollutants
Formaldehyde is a volatile organic compound that is emitted by commercial building products and furniture. It can cause cancer in humans and has been linked to asthma and allergic reactions.
Some plants such as Boston ferns, golden pothos, and rubber plants are highly efficient at removing formaldehyde and other air pollutants. If you want a plant that does well in a dimly lit office, opt for a rubber plant for your office. Although it may grow more slowly with less light, it is easy to maintain and will purify the air.
Plants Improve The Health and Well-being of Workers
According to researchers at Kansas State University, plants have been proven to speed up recovery times for surgical patients when they are added to hospital rooms. Additionally, these patients requested less pain medication, had overall lower heart rates and blood press.
For the office, a workplace study done by the Dutch Product Board for Horticulture found that adding plants to the office can decrease fatigue, colds, headaches, sore throats, coughs, and flu-like symptoms.
An additional study done by The Royal College of Agriculture in Cirencester, England found that students were 70% more attentive when they were taught in rooms containing plants. Additionally, student attendance was higher in the classrooms that contained plants.
As a part of the their respiratory and photosynthetic processes, plants release water vapor. If your office tends to be very dry, adding plants will increase the humidity of your office, which can help reduce the incidence of dry skin and some respiratory conditions. Boston ferns are particularly helpful for improving the humidity of your office. They are generally easy to care for. However, you must make sure that they receive daily misting for the best results.
Plants make a great addition to your office that not only make your office more aesthetically pleasing, but can actually have real health benefits for your workers. By adding plants and maintaining a clean office space, you can improve your workers’ productivity rates and decrease the number of sick days that they have to take due to illnesses.
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