Artificial Plants In The Office
The workplace can often be sterile and unwelcoming. Office workers, in particular, can benefit from more personal touches. The simple addition of plants in an office environment can reduce stress and increase productivity. While real plants can sometimes be a problem, causing allergies and the occasional spill, artificial plants yield almost the same benefits. That is why ilBusiness has purchased artificial plants for its offices.
The entire ambiance of the offices has changed with the addition of artificial plants. While live plants would add the additional benefit of cleaning the air and increasing humidity, all of the other benefits of plants in the office are accomplished with artificial plants. The plants have softened the hard edges of cubicle space and industrial furniture. At a subconscious level, employees experience less stress. The lower stress levels increase morale, and productivity has improved. Employees and visitors all report being more relaxed, because the spaces seem more “friendly” and less harsh.
Another benefit from the addition of artificial plants is that spaces in the office are more delineated. Visitors to the office no longer aimlessly wander through hallways, because the reception area is clearly, yet subtlety marked with plants. Plants in the reception area also help guests to relax more and feel less threatened.
The entrance to our offices is also easily distinguishable from other offices in the hallway because of the strategic placement of plants.
Employees have stated that they feel more energetic at the end of the day. This is a deliberately sought-after effect, and one of the reasons for adding plants to the office. Plants of varying sizes, textures, and colors create shadows and shading that reduce eye strain. The various shades of green interspersed with blooms in different colors give employees different fields of focus. Employees are more likely to take “eye breaks” when there are attractive plants within their view. Ophthalmologists recommend regular eye breaks for people who work at computers all day. These variations, while subtle, have a big impact on the work environment.
Besides filtering light, the plants also buffer sound. Even carpeted cubicles bounce sound around, but the foliage of plants create better acoustics, dampening the noise of a coworker’s keyboard or streaming music. Employee cannot hear each other’s phone calls as clearly, either. Environmental noise pollution is greatly reduced when leafy plants are placed around the office.
Artificial plants for the office can also provide increased privacy. People who work in cubicles, for instance, are often subjected to traffic and conversations in other cubicles. The visual screening provided by plants, as well as the sound buffering effects, can give the worker another level of privacy, which is good for morale.
The effects on lighting, noise levels, and visual focus as the result of artificial plants have improved the work environment. They have reduced ambient noise and take the hard edges off of the workplace. This may well be one of the best uses of budget in the office.