You probably know the many benefits of placing greenery around the office – and if not, why not?! Research into office plants has proven that as well as purifying the air and improving wellbeing, indoor plants can also boost employee productivity by 15%. Some studies even show that introducing a lot of potted plants can even reduce the number of sick days taken off work.
With this in mind, you should be thinking about taking advantage of the air-cleaning and stress-reducing qualities of plants. However, if you don’t have the resources to tend to the plants regularly, you could soon end up with dreary, wilting plants dotted around the building – which won’t boost anybody’s mood. Look at which plants require minimum attention, and the temperature of the building may also have an effect on the life of the plant.
Here at Empatika we firmly believe in biophilic design and promote the use of indoor plants to purify the air inside homes and working environments. Even if you work from home, choosing a plant or two for the home office can improve your mood and productivity. We’ve done all the hard work for you, and found out which low maintenance plants are most suitable for offices – read on for the top five.
The spider plant is an incredibly low maintenance plant, thriving indoors or outside, with very little light. It can even withstand very infrequent watering, so if you can’t afford a maintenance company to take care of the plants and employees are often too busy to take on the task, the spider plant should cope. It’s also a fantastic choice for its purifying properties – The University of Hawaii at Manoa cite the humble plant as one of the best varieties for improving indoor air and removing VOCs.
The cactus is renowned for its longevity, as it is used to surviving for long periods of time without water. Boost employee morale by placing a cute mini cactus on each desk. While it is low maintenance, a cactus does need plenty of light so this might not be the best choice if you have a windowless office.
This small succulent plant offers thick green leaves and small flowers, in return for very little tending to. Jade requires minimum watering, and in Japanese folklore it is said to lead to financial success. This means this plant is a great choice for two reasons – it can improve your health and wellbeing, while also boosting your wallet!
If you’re looking for something a bit bigger, maybe to fill a reception space, then a Peace Lily is ideal. As a large plant, it is more effective at cleaning the air and doesn’t need lots of light, so it’s perfect for offices with low lighting. Also known as Spathiphyllum, this plant also offers aesthetic appeal as it is a beautiful and welcoming display.
This hardy and forgiving plant is another one which is great at removing toxins from indoor air. The snake plant’s long leaves can survive in almost any environment – even if you forget to water it every now and again.
Investing in office landscaping can pay off, through an increase in quality of air and quality of life. Plants make employees feel happier which leads to increased productivity – it’s a win win for employers and employees. If you are new to office landscaping, try introducing these low maintenance plants and let us know how you get on. We’re positive you’ll notice an impact within a few months.
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