Apart from looking great, there are other advantages to having plants in the office. Five of the key reasons are listed below:
1. Improved Air Quality
Offices are full of toxins generated from elements such as carpet, air-conditioning, paint, cleaning products etc. People also excrete volatile substances such as acetone and methanol, along with scents from their perfumes and soaps. Plants clean the air by absorbing these toxins and reducing carbon dioxide. In effect, they are a much cheaper alternative to expensive air filtration systems.
2. Regulate Temperature and Humidity levels
During transpiration (the cooling process of plants), plants cool down the office by releasing moisture into the air. The amount of moisture released ensures a suitable level of humidity depending on the internal office climate. On cooler days for instance, less moisture is released to keep the office warmer and vise versa on warmer days.
3. Improved Employee Health
Improvements in air quality also result in healthier employees. Offices that have introduced plants have noted a reduction in staff headaches, eye irritations, lung impairment and respiratory problems. Plants have also been known to reduce symptoms and occurrences of asthma and bronchitis.
4. Reductions in Stress Levels and Productivity Increases
With the elimination of toxins and optimal humidity, people feel less drowsy and have heightened concentration. Recent studies have indicated that offices with plants are 12% more productive than offices without plants. The presence of plants in the office also connects people with the outside world, making them feel more comfortable in their surroundings.
5. They Serve as Room Dividers
Greenery also offers an attractive room divider. Plants can be placed strategically throughout the office to divide areas and to create more privacy. Plants also have varying levels of acoustic properties that can help dampen office noise.
With so many benefits, you should definitely consider some plants for your office. Have a look at our planters. We have varieties that can fit onto the top of storage units, stand freely or fit onto our Trak system.