Sick of Sick Days: The Benefits of Office Plants

National Sickie Day happens every year on the first Monday of February. It is known as one of the busiest days of the year for people to call in sick to work. Here are five things you should know about the UK's National Sickie Day:

  • The origins of National Sickie Day are unclear, but it is believed to have started as a way for employees to extend their weekend or take a day off without using up their annual leave.
  • According to estimates, up to one million people in the UK call in sick on National Sickie Day.
  • The term "sickie" is a colloquialism used in the UK to describe someone who calls in sick to work, even though they may not actually be ill.
  • The high volume of sick days on National Sickie Day can put a strain on businesses, who have to find ways to cover for absent employees.

In recent years, employers have started to take steps to combat National Sickie Day, such as offering incentives for employees who do not call in sick, and cracking down on false sick days.The impact of National Sickie Day can be significant, with many businesses being impacted by the loss in productivity and incurring additional costs to cover for absent employees.

The use of office plants and biophilic design can help businesses cut down on employee absences and improve their health and well-being as a whole. Biophilic design means putting things from nature, like plants and light, into the built environment to make people healthier and happier.

Studies have shown that biophilic design and the use of office plants can lead to numerous benefits, including:

  • Improved Indoor Air Quality: Office plants can help to remove harmful toxins and pollutants from the air, leading to improved air quality and reduced respiratory problems, which can
  • contribute to absenteeism.
  • Stress Reduction: Studies have shown that having plants in the workplace can reduce stress levels and improve overall mental health, which can lead to reduced absenteeism.
  • Increased Job Satisfaction: The presence of office plants can create a more pleasant and inviting work environment, leading to increased job satisfaction and reduced absenteeism.
  • Improved Health and Productivity: Office plants can increase oxygen levels, leading to improved health and increased productivity among employees.
  • Increased Sense of Well-Being: Office plants can create a more calming and relaxed atmosphere in the workplace, leading to an increased sense of well-being and reduced absenteeism.


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