A number of studies have shown that the presence of plants in the workplace can significantly increase productivity and levels of concentration, particularly for workers using computers, and a study led by Cardiff University’s School of Psychology and published recently, found that adding plants to an otherwise spartan desk boosted a worker’s productivity by 15 per cent.
To this end, Gaze Commercial, leaders in office design, recently published a blog on plants in the workplace, on their exciting new blogsite which has been created to give readers a better understanding of the ways they can improve their office fit-out and design. The Gaze Commercial blog examined the five office plants that improve air quality and these can be seen at http://gaze.co.nz/blog/5-office-plants-that-improve-air-quality/ .
As the blog explained, “Adding air-cleaning plants to the workplace is not only good for your mental health; it can improve your physical health as well. These five plants are the superstars of your indoor air quality clean-up crew. When you’re working in an office environment, you breathe in everything that’s in that environment, especially when you’re unable to open a window. Furniture, flooring, paint, and office machines all send out chemicals into your office air. You can reduce these chemicals by purchasing products that are made out of natural materials and finished with low-VOC paints and varnishes, but chances are you’ll still have some items in your office that emit airborne chemicals.” The office plants listed in the Gaze Commercial blog can help clean indoor air.
Our everyday environment has changed dramatically over the last few hundred years, but our genetic make-up has not and the addition of just a few plants to interiors just makes us feel good, quite apart from their aesthetic appeal. Over the last few years there has been a wealth of scientific research into the benefits of interior plants, some of which we may find surprising. The process by which plants grow, known as photosynthesis, has been well known for many years. One result of this process is that plants absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release oxygen which naturally refreshes the air we breathe.
Creating a healthy office environment, when creating our interior design, helps our employees work well and stay well, so for those wanting to add new life to their office interior design, Gaze can help. Find out more about what they do at http://www.gaze.co.nz .