How Plants Boost Productivity in the Office

How Plants Boost Productivity in the Office

If you've been following us, you'll know by now that plants boost productivity in an office space. So the question is why, and how?

Improving Productivity

Many people seek to improve their productivity for a number of different reasons. These can include:
  • Increased Job Satisfaction
  • Potential For Promotion
  • Greater Remuneration
  • Higher Confidence
  • Validation Amongst Peers
Managers and business owners also try and increase productivity in their staff. Reasons could be:
  • Increasing Sales
  • Improving Customer Service
  • Improving Efficiency within the business
  • Lessening Operational Mistakes
  • Boosting Staff Happiness (more on this later)

Productivity vs Busyness

'Productivity brings happiness, “busyness” brings stress'. That's what it says in This Article by Timely. When we're busy, we're just going flat out trying to keep up with the whirlwind. But when we're productive, we're concentrating on meaningful work, which increases job satisfaction, and our happiness. So, helping people improve their productivity is a great thing for companies to invest in. But how can they do it? Here are some ideas:
  • Providing Learning Opportunities around Productivity and Planning
  • Making sure each team member is in the best role
  • Providing technology and systems to help communication
  • Keeping the company goals front and centre, to keep the employees aligned to the mission
When employees feel valued, they'll grow, they'll improve, and they'll stay. This leads to us thinking better about the place we work in, and we're much more likely to be more productive.

So what's the hype about plants and productivity?

Well, it's quite simple. By creating an environment that people find attractive, productivity increases, therefore it's reasonable to suggest that plants boost productivity. If you're still not convinced, check out this 2014 study by The University of Exeter that saw productivity jump 15% when plants were introduced in an office. Marlon Nieuwenhuis, the lead researcher in the study, said "This conclusion is at odds with the present economic and political zeitgeist as well as with modern ‘lean’ management techniques, yet it nevertheless identifies a pathway to a more enjoyable, more comfortable and a more profitable form of office-based working.” So plants can literally help a company to increase revenues and profits, as more productive employees will do more and better work, and look after customers better. If you want to find the potential ROI that you could get for your company, click here to check out our calculator.
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