Do plants really make a difference in the work place?
In this fast paced technical age, employees are still a company’s most valuable asset but they are also the most expensive. In terms of the cost per square foot, the human asset is 10 times more expensive than building operating costs, and nearly 100 times more than energy cost. When a business takes the steps to keep its human asset happy, everyone wins!
Our love for nature or Biophilia is now being recognized as an important factor when creating interior environments. It is my hope in this short article that you will see more than just a plant the next time you enjoy the interior greenery that enhances your office space.
As an employee you may not be aware of the individual impact the plants in your interior environment are providing you.
1. The installation of plants in an interior setting makes our everyday workplace a more desirable place to be. Having a pleasing environment gives us greater job satisfaction, and creates an atmosphere which inspire us and help us to be more creative and productive.
2. Interior plants are natural air purifiers. In a NASA study interior plants were found to reduce airborne molds responsible for sick building syndrome in sealed office environments. Plants reduce the levels of carbon dioxide, increase relative humidity, reduce airborne dust leaves and reduce gassing levels of common interior pollutants such a formaldehyde, benzene, and nitrogen dioxide.
3. Interior plants reduce symptoms related to Sick Building Symptoms. In a 2 year study in Norway in 1996 the following ailments:
Fatique 20% reduction
Headache 45% reduction
Sore/dry throats 30% reduction
Coughs 40% reduction
Dry facial skin 25% reduction
4. It is widely known through the respected research that plants significantly lower work place stress. Visual exposure to plant settings has produced significant recovery from stress within five minutes.
If you currently have an Interior Plant Service for your office, tell you Boss Thank You for providing for your well-being!!!
~The information shared above was gathered from two major sources.
The Green Plants for Green Buildings which is an international education and marketing operation dedicated to raising the awareness of the benefits of plants.
Their website http://www.greenplantsforgreenbuildings.org is full of articles and research.
The National Foliage Foundation is administered by the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape foundation and provides financial support for the foliage industry.
Their website is http://www.nationalfoliagefoundation.org
Learn a few ways in which Interior Plants are beneficial in an Office to Employees and Employers! Presented by Debra Ringler
Deb teaches kids the process of Photosynthesis in this fun and interactive demonstration, where the kids get candy at the end to help them remember what they have learned.
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In today’s economy, we can use any help we can get! Feng Shui is the Chinese technique of arranging one’s possessions so that positive “chi” (energy) is in your home, office, or business. Some believe that by practicing Feng Shui, you will improve your health, increase your wealth and prosperity, develop better personal relations, and achieve your goals. Feng Shui is about balancing the elements of water, wood, fire, earth (soil), and metal. Plants are considered a wood element and that is what I am going to concentrate on in this article–using certain plants in certain areas to increase the positive energy around you.
Live plants encourage health, wealth, prosperity and contentment. Silk or artificial plants and flowers may be used if necessary. Never use dried flowers: These represent misfortune. Flowering plants are best, but dead
blooms must be immediately removed. Keep plants clean and trimmed. Never allow plants to get overgrown, as this encourages negative energy. Fresh cut flowers provide luck and good fortune. Never use a bonsai inside a home or office, as its stunted growth is a negative force.
Where plants are placed is very important. Only one plant in a bathroom. Plants can backfire into bad luck in this location. Lemon or orange trees near the entrance to a house bring prosperity. Place plants in the east or southeast corner of room to bring good luck. A large plant in the passage between the front and back door can result in better health and a greater ability to save money by slowing down air currents. If you wish to become pregnant, avoid flowers in the bedroom and have a bowl of fruit instead, especially pomegranates. Use flowering plants (especially red) in groups of three on a walkway to your front door. Plants in groups of three promote prosperity. Tall plants should never be placed in the middle of a room.
Plants used in Feng Shui must have a certain type of leaf. Use plants with round leaves that look like coins. Avoid plants with spikey, pointed, or rigid leaves inside your house or office. Use plants with round floppy leaves to encourage a calm atmosphere. Bushy plants keep the positive energy in the room. Thorny plants like cactus can be used outside as security, but not near the front door. Hanging baskets provide softness.
Here is a list of some of the best Feng Shui plants for indoor use. Many of them not only generate good luck by creating good chi (natural energy), but also have been shown by NASA to clean the air of harmful pollutants.
- Bamboo Palm (and all other palms): Good luck, success, prosperity.
- Rubber Trees: Calm, good fortune.
- Dracaena Janet Craig: Cleans the air of toxins.
- Peace Lily: Cleans the air of toxins.
- Ficus: Rounded leaf varieties.
- Philodendron: Money.
- Aspidistra: Strength.
- Orchid: Patience and endurance.
- Ivy: Softens, cleans air of toxins.
- Ferns: Softens.
- Fresh flowers and herbs: Positive energy and calm.
- Spider plant: Cleans the air of toxins.
- Lavender: Calm
- Mum: Happiness, cleans air of toxins.
- Jasmine: Friendship.
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