Office Plants and Workplace Productivity

Written by Trisha Bhullar

When we talk about workplace productivity, chances are we’ve got the usual suspects in mind: techniques to boost efficiency (e.g. the “two-minute rule”) or tools to bolster effective teamwork (say, a Timeqube). Why do we gravitate towards these productivity solutions? Well, they’re simple, seamless integrations into our lives. And if you think about it, office plants fit this criterion perfectly…

 

DO OFFICE PLANTS REALLY BOOST PRODUCTIVITY?

It might seem strange but the numbers don’t lie. Employees at workplaces with plant densities of just one per square meter perform better on cognitive skill assessments. Besides this, productivity increases by 15% in workplaces with plants. Ultimately, greener offices have been found to improve employee engagement, focus levels, and long-term decision-making. That’s a huge return on a couple of plants!

 

THE SCIENCE BEHIND PLANTS & PRODUCTIVITY

It’s all in the air quality. More specifically, plants act as purifiers by taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. A study by NASA further shows that plants filter out the chemicals released by synthetic office furnishings: benzene, trichloroethylene, formaldehyde — you name it. 

As a result, with a larger supply of oxygen and fewer harmful chemicals, employees tend to be calmer, focused and more creative. This, in turn, promotes workplace efficiency and team productivity. 

 

THE BEST PLANTS FOR PRODUCTIVITY

Let’s be honest — you’re running an office, not a garden. The best workplace plants are low-commitment, long-lasting and unobtrusive. More importantly, they will be able to survive. Offices are cold, sometimes dark and confined spaces. Try peace lilies for dimmer offices, areca palms for a tropical vibe, or Zanzibar Gems for minimal watering commitment. 

 

GET SOME GREEN ON YOUR TEAM

Ultimately, workplace greenery improves team efficiency and employee morale — that’s a huge benefit from some tiny plants. Give it a shot and have some fun with it; maybe make it a team effort or a mini competition. Either way, office plants are a great opportunity to enhance your team’s performance!