Jan
14

Office Plants For A Happier And Healthier Tomorrow

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There have been many academic studies and research projects into patient recovery times and methods that speed up the amount of time patients who have just had surgery need to recover. One of the biggest outcomes of these studies was the impact of plants and nature on patients and even on the mood of hospital staff while at work.

While many of the studies looked into the effects of outside vegetation for patients who were situated next to a window and had a view of the plants and nature outside, it has to be said that even office plants have health benefits with many office workers feeling more positive and productive when in an environment where office plants are present. It stands to reason then, if outdoor plants have a beneficial effect on health and recovery times that any plants or foliage such as office plants and planted office displays can have a positive effect too.

In his paper entitled ‘Health Benefits of Gardens in Hospitals’, Roger Ulrich of Texas University identified that patients who can see or are close to plants and nature recover much quicker and suffer less stress than those who cannot. The study which monitored 2 sets of patients that had just undergone the same surgical procedures illustrated that the group of patients positioned with a view of the garden recuperated quicker and suffered less post-operative stress than those who did not.

Ulrich claimed that this was as a result of the logical link between plants and man that stems from our evolution and our close links with nature. The physiological and psychological properties of plants have been used for many years to make us feel happier, improving our health and well-being, which is why it is not surprising that the introduction of plants, would have a huge impact in hospitals and clinics.

It has also been claimed by many green enthusiasts that plants and other greenery can bring a sense of meaning and purpose to life with many organizations including schools, office buildings, hotels and hospitals all noting the positive effects of working alongside and with plants. A study conducted by Charles. A. Lewis, a Research Fellow in Horticulture at Morton Arboretum, over a 30 year period looked into the effects of plants and landscaping on numerous people in different communities, neighborhoods and housing projects.

His paper entitled “The Role of Horticulture in Human Well-being and Social Development” concluded that the implementation of horticulture and landscaping schemes within these areas made a huge difference to how people were feeling about themselves and the area within which they lived. It is therefore possible to deduce from this that an environment such as an office building would become a more positive atmosphere with the introduction of planted office displays.

Now you may be thinking that these kind of positive effects are limited to outside plants and landscaping but this is far from the truth. Indoor plants and interior landscaping schemes can have just as much of an effect on individuals as gardens and external horticulture. The reason for this is that similarly to the results found by Lewis, numerous studies have concluded that even while at work office plants can make a huge impact on the health, emotional state, and productivity of office workers.

Indoor office plants like outdoor species help to bring nature into the lives of office workers and because most natural views induce positive feelings among groups of people it makes sense that office plants would be utilized by businesses across the country. Office plants can also help to reduce stress levels and improve productivity in office based employees, making for a more positive or happier working day for office workers across the US.

For more information on how indoor plants can help your offices or to schedule a free consultation contact Growing Expectations at info@interiorofficeplants.com.

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