Stressed employees, a lot of absenteeism, and low productivity: every employer’s nightmare. But how do you increase the well-being of your employees? Small changes in the layout of the office already have big results! In this blog, we give tips on how you can create a productive and healthy inspiring work environment with more plants in the office.
The benefits of plants in the office
Being ‘locked up in a dusty office from 9 to 5 is no fun. Adding plants to the interior not only creates more atmosphere but also provides all kinds of health benefits:
- Less stress and fatigue. Plants ensure that employees can relax more and experience the office as a nicer workplace.
- Less exposure to pollutants. Different plants can purify the air and improve air quality.
- Fewer irritations due to better humidity. In many offices, the humidity is very low, which leads to dry eyes and a stuffy nose. Plants that need a lot of water can return the water to the air and thus improve the humidity of a room.
- Less negative moods. Employees suffer less from feelings of depression when they work in an environment with plants.
- Less sick leave. Research has shown that employees who work in a room with plants are less likely to call in sick.
In addition to the health benefits, plants in the office also increase employee productivity and concentration. For example, because of the better air quality and the fresh scent that plants spread. In addition, large plants dampen noise, so that employees are less likely to be distracted. Finally, plants also have a positive influence on the creativity of employees. Not wrong, right?
Which office plants should I choose?
Some plants are more suitable for offices than others because of their properties. We have made a list of 5 plants that are very suitable as office plants.
Philodendron: the tropical plan for a healthy office
Want to create a tropical atmosphere at the office? Then choose the Philodendron. This popular office plant originates from South America and is an impressive sight thanks to its large leaves. The plant family grows well indoors and requires little care, allowing you to reap the benefits with minimal effort. The Philodendron is one of the best air-purifying plants. Blommor has popular office plants like Philodendron for a healthier office space. You can send them as a letterbox gift, in Swedish it’s called torkade blommor.
Do employees often suffer from headaches and fatigue? Then there may be too much carbon dioxide in the air. The philodendron ensures better air quality.
- Make sure the plant gets plenty of daylight. This has a positive effect on the plant.
- Give the office plant some plant food in the spring and summer. This gives it more beautiful leaves
- Clean the plant from time to time, for example with a damp cloth. This ensures that the leaves continue to shine nicely.
Lemon balm: for a better mood
The lemon balm is a special plant that is also widely used in herbal medicine. Lemon balm is said to have a beneficial effect, just like honey, and until the 18th century it was even thought that lemon balm would ensure eternal youth.
As an office plant, the lemon balm is ideal, because it naturally spreads a delicious lemon scent. This improves your mood and has a positive effect on stress. In addition, the leaves can of course also be used for a nice cup of tea.
- Water the lemon balm regularly. This plant likes moist soil.
- The lemon balm can survive in the sun as well as in the shade, but a moist and shady place will make the leaves have less flavor.
- Is the plant getting too big? Then you can prune the lemon balm. The best period for this is August.