Green Offices

On average, we spend one-third of our time at work. So why not create a substitute for a home atmosphere in the office, to forget about it for a while? And what do we use most often to decorate our homes? Plants!

 

Nature has a healhty effect on the human psyche. Surrounding yourself with it soothes the nerves, reduces stress levels, helps you concentrate better and stimulates creativity and imagination. This is scientifically proven, and hortiotherapy, meaning treatment through contact with plants, was used as a supplement to traditional forms of rehabilitation for people with specific health problems at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries.

 

All shades of green

Green, the dominant color in the world of plants, is a color that brings a lot of optimism to life. There is a reason why it is used in the arrangement of space in therapy offices. Surrounding yourself with it calms you down, helps you collect positive thoughts, it also affects your creativity. In addition to its calming properties, green also has a positive effect on eyesight. Ophthalmologists recommend taking frequent breaks from looking at the computer screen and looking at the tops of green trees. An occasional glance at the plants in the corner of the office can be a substitute for this. Especially since staring at certain species of houseplants for a few minutes the lowers blood pressure and heart rate. Sight is not the only sense that plants can influence. Although they cannot speak or sing, they have a positive effect on hearing. This is due to the fact that they muffle the room in which they are located.

 

Take a deep breath

Employees locked in four walls of an office (often without the possibility of opening windows) do not have access to fresh air. The lack of oxygen contributes to the feeling of fatigue, drowsiness, irritability, slowing down of the thought processes and greater exposure to diseases. Contemporary building materials reduce air humidity in office buildings. The air in them is very dry and reaches only 20-30 percent humidity. More and more often the phenomenon of indoor “smog” is being talked about (indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air). Even the most modern air purifiers are not adapted to filtering all the harmful elements. But plants can! Thanks to their phytoremediation abilities, they purify and increase air humidity and the amount of oxygen in it, as well as lower the temperature. Thanks to plants, the air in the office is regularly ionized. Numerous studies show that placing potted plants in offices reduces the occurrence of headaches, throat diseases and improves the well-being of people staying indoors. There is a reason why indoor plants are called the green liver. The group of the most effective air-purifying plants includes: the peace lily, Low date palm, sword fern, Kimberly Queen fern, spider plant, Aglaonema, Bamboo palm, Benjamin’s fig, Golden Pothos, flamingo flower, lily turf, broadleaf lady palm, Barberton daisy, snake plant, song of India and Large-flowered Chrysanthemum.

 

Green office

Research by the University of Cardiff, the University of Exeter and the University of Groningen shows that an office enriched with plants increases employee satisfaction and increases their productivity by up to 15 percent. At the same time, the number of mistakes they make decreases by 12 percent. Placing at least one plant per square meter of office space, in such a place that each employee can look at it from behind their desk is recommended. In addition, it is worth placing air purifying plants near computer monitors to eliminate the harmful effects of the negative ions they emit. Placing plants in common rooms, conference rooms, meeting places for employees, will positively affect their integration, willingness to cooperate and come up with creative ideas by triggering positive emotions,. Apparently, employees who work in offices filled with plants assess their boss more positively as well.

 

Fragrant office

When planning the arrangement of plants in the office, do not forget about flowers in other colors than green. Ornamental plants add color and are therefore ideal for decorating rooms. In addition, they smell beautiful, which additionally provides aromatherapy. This is also a way to make a good first impression on customers and contractors crossing the threshold of the company. Greeted with the scent of fresh flowers, they will surely enter the meeting in a better mood. Plants placed in the office also prove the pro-ecological attitude of the company, which strengthens the building of its image.

 

The fashion for ascetically furnished offices is fading away. And this is a good thing. The more vegetation there is in office buildings, the better for everyone who will spend at least a moment in them.