How Plants Can Increase Productivity in the Workplace
Office plants matter more than most people realize; research suggests they can bolster workplace well-being considerably and are instrumental in increasing productivity. As well as looking pretty, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of calm and peace plants bring to the table. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg (or should that be canopy?). As a LABS member – or even if you just happen to be a fan of all things flora – check out the benefits of plants for your workplace and your productivity, along with which ones you should choose to create a nature lover’s paradise.
They clean the air
Contrary to popular belief, air pollution levels are almost always higher inside buildings than they are outside (even in busy city centres). There’s a consensus among scientists that any decrease in indoor air quality directly affects health and performance, so whether you’re burnt out or too stressed to function, plants can offer the perfect solution. During the day, whilst they are performing photosynthesis, good indoor plants reliably reduce VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and increase oxygen to carbon dioxide ratios. The positive effects this has on mental and physical health are well-recognized and, as something of importance to employees, it’s definitely worth investing in office plants for the sake of the productivity they promote.
They provide an oasis
There’s no getting around the fact that workplace stress is a normal occurrence, but it’s still important to mitigate this risk as much as possible. One sure-fire way to reduce stress levels at the office (without blowing your budget, of course) is to turn your space into a treasure trove of plants. But don’t worry, no one’s suggesting that you need a jungle to produce a noticeable effect – keep it slick and sophisticated, just like your work ethic! We recommend adding one plant per square metre, which research suggests may help improve memory retention and get employees more psychologically engaged; nature lovers can almost certainly look forward to being happier and working better if they have their very own calming oasis.
They have a huge impact on mood
To know why office plants are so popular right now, ask yourself what comes to mind when you think about them. For many, nature takes the top spot; understandably, the phenomenal physical world that gives us flowers and birds and all the things we love, as well as making everyone feel better, is a big draw. Accordingly, green is regarded by colour psychologists as one of the most soothing shades there is. And with so much to enjoy about Mother Earth, incorporating plants and greenery into your working space can only be a positive step. We promise you’ll notice a considerable difference in productivity as well, what with everybody being in such a good mood!
They help reduce noise levels
If you’re into peace and quiet, you’ll love having plants where you work. By absorbing sounds instead of insulating against noise pollution, they minimize the distracting effects of background office chit-chat. This then improves productivity and profitability for your business, with only a small investment made on your part. Small pots are ideally suited for tabletops and desks, but you should focus on positioning larger plants in the edges and corners of your office to receive the full benefit. And if you can’t get enough of them, there’s always the option to install a focal floral centrepiece (providing you have the room, of course).
They can boost creativity
Have you ever heard of attention restoration theory? Neither did we until we started researching this piece! Basically, it suggests that looking at nature – even just images of the natural world – can shift the brain into a different processing mode, making employees feel more relaxed and better able to concentrate. This, in turn, promotes a greater sense of creativity at work that will result in increased effectiveness and enduring efficiencies. Co-existing with greenery helps workers complete daily tasks with greater accuracy, while memory and attention span can be boosted by up to 20% in their presence. So, do yourself and your team a favour and order plants for the office today. The sooner you do, the sooner you’ll have a livelier, more enriched workforce to get things done.
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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at CelticFest!
CelticFest features international and local Celtic musicians, artists, performers, and dancers. This event features fun for the entire family or a night out with friends. A few things happening include concerts, film screenings, whiskey tastings, pub crawls, live music and street parties happening at numerous venues around Vancouver. The two main events of the week include the St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run which is a fun, colourful race happening in Stanley Park. The second event is the St. Patrick’s Day at Lonsdale Quay and St. Patrick’s Concert.
These events are taking place from March 14th -17th in and around Robson Square. Find more information here.
Congratulations to Gavin Lynch on becoming DLO’s newest Move Manager! Gavin has been with us since Feb 2019. During this time, he has really taken the necessary steps to learn and understand what we do! Gavin’s thoroughness and dedication to DLO has not gone unnoticed. He is well-liked among his peers and clients which makes him a great asset to the DLO team.
Happy Birthday to our one and only March baby of DLO!
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