From climbing vines to leafy palms, incorporating greenery into office spaces is more than an aesthetic choice. It’s no secret that plants bring numerous benefits to the workplace by enhancing the physical environment, fostering productivity, improving mental well-being, and creating a harmonious atmosphere that drives success.
Search interest for “office plants London” is up 83% since last year, suggesting a growing trend in the capital for introducing more greenery into workspaces.
Workspace has shared three tips on how employers can incorporate more botanicals into their office spaces:
Choose plants that are easy to care for
Not all employees will have a green thumb. When introducing them into your office space, it’s essential to consider investing in simple and low-maintenance plants. This way, you avoid the risk of them wilting or hiring a professional to care for the plants.
Determine the best location for the plants for freshness and longevity
It’s essential to consider the availability of sunlight and the temperature of the space when deciding the placement of plants. Each plant is different; some thrive in bright, airy areas, whereas others prefer shade.
Encourage employees to personalise their workspace with plants
Creating an environment where employees can use plants to brighten their desk space enhances a sense of belonging and ownership, bringing life, and colour into the workplace.
Jo says: “Bringing plants into the office is a great way to allow your employees to feel closer to nature, which can help reduce stress levels. A study in Japan found that even just seeing a plant can help reduce your heart rate and help you feel calmer. They recommended taking nature breaks, giving you a chance to bring your stress levels back down.
“It’s also proven that having plants in the workplace can increase productivity by up to 15%. It’s hard to believe, but working in a clean and fresh space can really affect a worker’s attitude and level of motivation.
“The link between nature and creativity runs deep, with many creatives citing nature as a huge inspiration in their work. The best ideas often come to us when we’re out on a walk, thinking about nothing but the bright blue skies and the tall leafy trees, so by bringing a touch of this into the office, you’re helping replicate that same inspiring environment.
“A well-thought-through office design or décor shows that you’re prioritising the space where your employees will spend a great deal of their time, and therefore a few gorgeous greens can go a long way.
“While we can’t promise that plants are the answer to all of your HR concerns, there is a great deal of research which suggests that offices which incorporate plenty of natural elements into their environment have a higher well-being score and less sickness/absence rates than those who don’t.”
One great way to incorporate greenery into your workspace is with terrariums. Workspace Group collaborates with Leafage, which hosts terrarium workshops, to offer customers in their buildings the opportunity to do activities centred around mindfulness as a break from their workday.
Founder Kay Suppamas says: “I believe that nurturing a tiny ecosystem, like a terrarium, serves as a gentle reminder of the significance of nurturing our well-being along with the natural world around us.”