Get the Facts: How Interior Plants Benefit Employees in an Office

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Do plants really make a difference in the work place?

In this fast paced technical age, employees are still a company’s most valuable asset but they are also the most expensive. In terms of the cost per square foot, the human asset is 10 times more expensive than building operating costs, and nearly 100 times more than energy cost.  When a business takes the steps to keep its human asset happy, everyone wins!

Our love for nature or biophilia is now being recognized as an important factor when creating interior environments.  It is my hope in this short article that you will see more than just a plant the next time you enjoy the interior greenery that enhances your office space.

Employee Benefits

As an employee you may not be aware of the individual impact the plants in your interior environment are providing you.

1.  The installation of plants in an interior setting makes our everyday workplace a more desirable place to be. Having a pleasing environment gives us greater job satisfaction, and creates an atmosphere which inspire us and help us to be more creative and productive.

2.  Interior plants are natural air purifiers. In a NASA study interior plants were found to reduce airborne molds responsible for sick building syndrome in sealed office environments. Plants reduce the levels of carbon dioxide, increase relative humidity, reduce airborne dust leaves and reduce gassing levels of common interior pollutants such a  formaldehyde, benzene, and nitrogen dioxide.

3.  Interior plants reduce symptoms related to Sick Building Symptoms.  In a 2 year study in Norway in 1996 the following ailments:

Fatigue  20% reduction
Headache  45% reduction
Sore/dry throats  30% reduction
Coughs  40% reduction
Dry facial skin  25% reduction

4.  It is widely known through the respected research that plants significantly lower work place stress.  Visual exposure to plant settings has produced significant recovery from stress within five minutes.

If you currently have an Interior Plant Service for your office, tell you Boss thank you for providing for your well-being!!! If you do not have a plants or a plant service in office contact Growing Expectations for a free interior plantscapre consultation at

~The information shared above was gathered from two major sources. The Green Plants for Green Buildings which is an international education and marketing operation dedicated to raising the awareness of the benefits of plants.
Their website is full of articles and research.

The National Foliage Foundation is administered by the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape foundation and provides financial support for the foliage industry.
Their website is

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