Many businesses are scrambling to find new ways to promote their company, increase worker retention, productivity, and creativity. This scramble has lead to much innovation over the years. From companies like Netflix which changed the way we watch television and movies, to businesses that have changed the way we live our daily lives like Google. Creativity is at a high point right now in the 21st century. However, many executives still wonder how they can increase creative output and effectively create a more productive workplace. The secret may be much simpler than people think, and the answer is flowers and plants! Below, we’ll take a look at the different ways having flowers and plants in the workplace can help boost overall company morale, productivity, and make a business BLOOM.
First, there are many health benefits to having plants in your workplace. Plants naturally convert carbon dioxide in the air into oxygen. Excessive carbon dioxide in the air can result in increased levels of stress and sickness. By implementing more plants into a workplace, more natural carbon dioxide conversion can take place resulting in increased productivity due to lessened stress as well as reduced health care costs by companies to compensate their workers. Additionally, root microbes of plants can take harmful toxins found in the air (benzene, hexane, formaldehyde, etc.) and turn them into food and energy for the plant. Dr. Margaret Burchett, a well-recognized air quality researcher stated that “It is expected that indoor plants will become standard technology, a vital building installation element for improving indoor air quality.”
A 2003 research study, “The Impact of Flowers and Plants on Workplace Productivity Study” was done by Texas A&M University, and it was committed to seeing if adding flowers and plants to the workplace was able to promote creativity and problem solving. The research team, led by Roger Ulrich, Ph.D., gave research participants a series of problem-solving situations in various environments including spaces that contained flowers and plants, spaces with sculptures and statues, and spaces that contained no decorative elements at all. They found that in the environment that contained flowers and plants, participants were able to develop more creative ideas than in environments that lacked those flowers and plants.
Science has shown that there is a direct correlation between adding plants and flowers to the workplace and increased productivity, creativity, and improved health. Employee recruitment and retention also improves as team members enjoy the improved work environment and more pleasant interactions with coworkers and clients. With today’s competitive businesses environment, companies are looking for new ways to get ahead of the competition, adding florals are one way to give companies the competitive edge they need to stay ahead and create innovative products and services.
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