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Benefits of having plants in the workplace

Nothing beats that feeling of walking through a peaceful, verdant forest, full of fresh scents, with the sunlight streaming through the trees, or perhaps ambling around a meandering coastline with the gentle sea breeze lightly caressing your skin.

Wherever it may be, for many of us, there are few better ways to lift your spirits and get away from life’s troubles than by getting in touch with nature.

Increasing urbanisation means that, as a nation, we are accessing nature less and less in our daily lives. The majority of our time is spent indoors, which has been proven to be detrimental to both our mental and physical well-being.

There is a wealth of evidence, which indicates that being amongst nature or even just observing it can be highly beneficial for our health. It has the power to evoke feelings of regeneration, whilst decreasing psychological tension and stress.

Whilst many of us can't avoid being indoors a lot of the time, there are still things we can do to help enhance our working environment - such as introducing plants into our workplace. Not only do plants enhance the office aesthetics, but they also offer people many unexpected benefits! Read on to find out more!

According to a 10-year study undertaken by a team of psychologists from Exeter University, employees are 15% more productive when a workplace is filled with just a few house plants. The study established that employee performance, concerning memory retention and various other essential skills, improved substantially when plants were introduced to an office space.

Dr. Chris Knight, a physiologist leading the study explains that: “If you are working in an environment where there's something to get you psychologically engaged you are happier and you work better."

Another study led by renowned organisational psychologist Professor Sir Cary Cooper found that employees working in office environments that incorporated natural elements had a 15% higher wellbeing score than employees working in offices without. This was confirmed in a similar study undertaken by the Agricultural University of Norway, which linked being the presence of plants to a 25% decreased in symptoms of poor health including concentration problems, fatigue, irritation of the nose and eyes and even dry skin.   

And if that isn’t enough, another research study has established that being surrounded by natural green plants enables employees to think more freely, thus boosting creativity (ideal for a creative agency like MAXX!). Believe it or not, the colour green is actually associated with productivity, creativity, and action!

Introducing plants to your workspace is a simple and effective way to boost your overall well-being at work. Here at MAXX, we have a selection of plants in each room on each floor, visible for each employee to see. Do you keep a plant at your desk? Do you talk to it? Does it even have a name? If so, we'd love to hear from you!