The Financial and Health Benefits of Plants in the Workplace
The presence of plants cuts costs by reducing absenteeism and improving productivity
and, in addition, staff are happier and healthier
Plants in the workplace work for you!
Modern buildings are virtually hermetically sealed - trapping airborne pollutants indoors.
Harmful airborne pollutants are emitted from many common office items such as printers,copiers, furnishings, carpets, cleaning materials etc.
The interior environment can be 5 to 7 times more polluted than outdoors. Air conditioning results in low humidity levels and recycles pollutants.
Even in offices with good climatic control 25% of staff are dissatisfied with the working environment.
Airborne contaminants are thought to be a major cause of "sick building syndrome".
Business generally is under increasing pressure to establish its green credentials. Indoor air pollution and low humidity are now ranked in the top five threats to public health.
THE HEALTH BENEFITS
Plants filter and purify the air leading to a significant reduction in the symtoms of exposure to aborne pollutants: Fatigue -20% Headache -45% Sore/dry throat -30% Cough -40% Dry facial skin -25%
Plants control humidity to within the optimum range for human health.Humidity levels play a underestimated and important role in human health. When humidity levels are too low, individuals are more likely to develop viral infections; when humidity is too high, vulnerability to disease increases.
Plants absorb carbon dioxide andemit oxygen. This obviously reduces your carbon footprint but also the increased oxygen level refreshes the air and you - leading to increased concentration and productivity (in various studies between 10%-15% increase).
These benefits, and many others, are underpinned by a wealth of research. For more details including independent external links and research references see the health benefits page.
THE FINANCIAL BENEFITS
Productivity There have been a number of studies evaluating the effect of the presence of interior plants on employee performance particularly in respect of computor based tasks. The studies measured factors such as error rate, speed of completion and concentration levels. All the studies found an improvement in performance levels of between 10% to 15% when plants were present.
Absenteeism It has been shown that plants in the workplace permanently cut absence due to illness. In 1999, 187 million working days were lost in the UK. This translates to around 8 days per employee, in total 3.4% of working time.In one Norwegian hospital the introduction of interior plants cut the absenteeism rate by 60%.
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PLANTS IN THE WORKPLACE DO NOT HAVE TO BE HARD WORK!
Modern self watering containers not only look very stylish but also ensure that plants are supplied with just the right amount of water over a long period - just check the water reservoir about once every two weeks. Feed with a suitable fertilizer onto the compost every spring and feeding takes care of itself but check with us on the feeding requirements of the particular plant - we provide free ongoing advice on all aspects of interior plant care to all of our corporate customers.
Putting the right plant in the right place is important - again we will be delighted to advise you. Never place plants near to heat sources such as radiators, air conditioning vents or large computer servers and avoid cold draughts.