Not feeling very productive in your office? You might be missing that key ingredient likely to boost productivity-greenery aka plant life. Adding greenery/plants to a space to oxygenate and purify the air is well known, but what about for productivity?
Research show that just a few houseplants in an office space can improve our productivity by as much as 38%, while improving our health by removing toxins from the air and giving us an overall sense of wellbeing.
Psychologists at Exeter University have described sparse offices as “the most toxic space you can put a human into.” In a series of experiments, the researchers found that when they incorporated just one plant per square meter into offices, employee performance significantly improved on measures of memory retention and other basic tests.
The researchers also believe that while everyone benefits from the improved air quality that plants deliver, it’s also psychologically important that everyone can see a plant from their desk—this visual stimulation appears to be strongly linked to workplace satisfaction and self-reported levels of concentration.