Greener Offices Make Happier, More Productive Employees

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Article from Science Daily

According to the 2000 census, American office workers spend an average of 52 hours a week at their desks or workstations.  Many recent studies on job satisfaction have shown that workers who spend longer hours in office environments, often under artificial light in windowless offices, report reduced job satisfaction and increased stress levels.  How can employers make office environments more conducive to productivity and employee happiness?  Try adding some “green” to your office.  Not greenbacks–green plants!  A research study published in the February 2008 issue of Hort Science offers employers and corporations some valuable advice for upping levels of employee satisfaction by introducing simple and inexpensive environmental changes.

Dr.Tina Marie (Waliczek) Cade, Associate Professor of Horticulture in the Department of Agriculture at Texas State University, explained that the project was designed to investigate whether employees who worked in offices with windows and views of green spaces and workers who had green plants in their offices perceived greater job satisfaction than employees who did not have access to these environmental components.  Researchers posted a job satisfaction survey on the Internet and administered the survey to office workers in Texas and the Midwest.  The survey included questions about job satisfaction, physical work environments, the presence or absence of live interior plants and windows, environmental preferences of the office workers, and demographic information.  Survey data showed significant  differences in workers’ perceptions of overall life quality, overall perceptions of job satisfaction, and in the job satisfaction.

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