Best 10 Office Plants to increase productivity
SEVERAL RECENT STUDIES POINT SIMILAR CONCLUSIONS!
Plants placed at desk or nearby help to increase concentration level and reduce stress, several recent studies show boost in productivity when plants are placed around work areas, apart from adding to the beauty plants help to clean VOC. As its well explained by Biophilia hypothesis, employees naturally attract to the plants, if not few of them, they will start do it after understanding the benefits associated with them. In India science has impact on the farming, now a days plants not only grown in traditional grow mediums but the ornamental houseplants which do survive low light conditions are professionally grown in scientific and light weight potting mediums like coco peat, moss etc, they are planted in eco-friendly planters in place of plastic containers which contribute to healthy work environment. Lets have a look the list of best 10 office plants to increase productivity with the several popular benefits of keeping plants around the work areas:
1. PLANTS IMPROVE VISUAL EFFECTS
By our physical and psychological tendencies we want to feel connected with the nature, when we see a long spread of green grass we want to sit or walk on it, this is quite natural to most of us. Nature has amazing colors and textures which appeal, being surrounded or looking towards it boosts our mental strength, creates positive effect as well as makes the place attractive.
2. PLANTS REDUCE STRESS LEVELS
There has been several studies conducted to understand the impact of plants at workspace and all of them concluded with positive results. Washington State Researchers found blood pressure levels go lower and boost in concentration level when plants were present. New UTS research found significant reduction in mental stress when plants were present:
- Tension/Anxiety – 37% reduction
- Depression/Dejection – 58% reduction
- Anger/Hostility – 44% reduction
- Fatigue – 38% reduction
Study strongly recommends to place plants in office areas, at least one plant on a desk will lift the work spirit. Many other studies have presented evidences that plants significantly help to reduce stress levels.
3. PLANTS INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY
Several study reports conclude 10-25% increase in productivity in the environment where plants were present, they found significant improvement on multi-tasking, concentration, attention and patience level. Fever mistakes were made, faster tasks were completed and several other enhancements to common human behaviors. UK based Researcher Dr Chris Knight and his fellow psychologists, who studied for 10 years, concluded that employees were 15% more productive when workplaces were filled with just a few plants.
4. PLANTS INCREASE CREATIVITY
Scientists from University of Exeter found that presence of plants at work environment can increase creativity by 45 per cent and boost productivity by 38 per cent, along with it various other studies conducted in recent present similar evidences.
5. PLANTS REDUCE SICK BUILDING SYNDROME
Researches on workplace with plants have found very positive effects on reduction of sick building syndrome, sickness and absence. Plants help to reduce voc, reduce absenteeism up to 50% and reduce minor illness by 30%.
6. PLANTS CLEAN AIR POLLUTANTS
Air in modern sealed office buildings can contain up to fifteen times more pollutants than the air at outside. Common toxic agents found in the air such as dust, mold, bacteria, mites, benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, carbon monoxide, xylene, toluene, ammonia etc are very harmful and they create a passive environment known as sick building syndrome, long exposure to such pollutants may lead to disastrous diseases like cancer, tumor, lung infection etc. By adding plants can improve the air quality by removing these harmful substances and replacing them with breathable oxygen within the office building.
Correct placement of plants can help to reduce the dry air caused by air conditioners and it can increase humidity level up to 35%, illnesses caused by dry air such as tickly coughs become less common.
7. PLANTS REDUCE NOISE LEVELS
Theory of planting plants along the highways came in existence to reduce the noise, same formula applies to the closed office buildings, plants help to absorb the noise, which adds to increase in concentration and productivity, plants placed in areas with hard surfaces, wood floors, glass, concrete and marble walls etc, effectively absorb noise and reduce distraction.
8. WE WANT BEING ASSOCIATED WITH THE NATURE
Biophilia Hypothesis, Harvard biologist, E.O. Wilson, found that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. Presence of the nature make us feel relaxed and leverage our potential in tasks in hand with better energy and concentration.
List of Best 10 Office Plants
Thse are hardy, low maintenance, low light survivors
Above are few benefits of having plants at workspace, let’s have a look to list of popular office plants which are easy care, offer them a glass of water once in weeks and a spoon of fertilizer every year, in turns they help to do better and stay away from several potential diseases.
1. Peace Lily
Spathiphyllum is one of the most popular indoor plants categorized under Araceae plants family, native to tropical and subtropical regions of South Asia and the Americas. Spathiphyllum has more than 40 species which are commercially grown at large scale, it is an easy care plant which requires least care and does well in low light conditions. In NASA clean air study it was found to be most effective plant which removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, carbon monoxide, xylene, toluene, ammonia and other pollutants from the air. We have huge collection of these green machines and varieties which can be ordered online or offline by visiting our store.
2. Chinese Evergreen
Aglaonema is another one of the most popular indoor plants, it comes from arum plants family, Araceae, native to tropical and subtropical regions of South Asia. It is commercially cultivated all over the world at large scale and has more than 100 popular varieties which are every appealing and easiest to care, it is very less demanding plant which can thrive in low light and temperature range between 15 – 25 degree Celsius. In NASA clean air study aglaonema was found to clean the indoor air and increase humidity levels.
3. Spider Plant
Chlorophytum comosum is a flowering perennial herb which falls in asparagaceae plants family, native to southern Africa. It is popular houseplant commonly known as spider plant. It is hardy, easy to care, requires less frequent watering, once in couple of months when it is placed in temperature between 15 -22 degree celsius. Spider plant was part of NASA study and found effective in cleaning formaldehyde, xylene and toluene. It improves indoor air quality and reduces stress, a report published by the university’s Cooperative Extension Service cited spider plant as one of the top varieties for removing VOCs and other pollutants from indoor air.
4. Snake Plant
Sansevieria is one of the hardiest plants, in recent times its popularity has increased a lot contributing to its easy care and benefits proved in improving the air quality, this plant was part of NASA clean Air study and found to be effective. Sansevieria is native to southern Asia and categorized under Asparagaceae plants family. It is perfect indoor plant which does not require bright or sun light as well as frequent watering, it has fatty leaves like succulents which store water and make it survive even in deserts for longer time. Sansevieria plant can efficiently remove nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde that suspiciously dominate throughout the office.
Philodendron is very large genus of plants, it has more than 500 varieties grown at large scale as ornamental plants, it falls in Araceae plant family, famous for listing outstanding low light houseplants. Philodendron was part of NASA Clean air study and found effective in cleaning indoor air pollutants. Exposure to VOC’s and carbon monoxide has proven to increase drowsiness, headaches and lack of concentration, philodendrons are efficient in cleaning the air pollutants.
Dracaenas are native to Africa and South Asia, fall under Asparagaceae plants family these are effective in removing VOCs and improving the work environment by several ways. Dracaenas have more than 700 varieties grown worldwide at large scale. This genre of plants was also part of NASA Clean Air study and recommended by them, strategically placing few of these plants around office will help to increase creativity in no time.
7. Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm is a perennial aromatic and herbaceous plant in the mint family lamiaceae, native to Central Asia. Scientific research reports suggest that having a lemon balm plant around improves mood and boosts overall mental wellness. Ohio State University study shows that its sweet smell adds to mood enhancement and reduces stress. Lemon balm is effective air purifier, it cleans the air by suppressing airborne germs, molds, bacterias. It is one of the hardiest herb plants which can tolerate full sun or full shade, it can do well indoors or outdoors without much maintenance.
8. Areca Palm
Dypsis lutescens, also known as areca palm, is counted under Arecaceae plant family native to Madagascar. It is a great enhancement to the beauty of plantscape and requires bright filtered sun light to thrive in indoor conditions. Areca palm was part of the NASA Clean Air Study along with several other studies in recent, plant is found to be effective VOC cleaner and efficient natural humidifier. We have exclusive collections of areca palm plants available for purchase online or offline at our store.
9. Golden Pathos
Epipremnum aureum is popularly known as golden pathos or money plant, it a species of plant family araceae, native to French Polynesia. Money plant is a popular houseplant found every here and there, plant is hardy, low light tolerant and easy care, it can survive adverse weather conditions except the winters, in temperature lower than 10 degree celsius it goes dormant but never dies. Golden pathos were noted by NASA researchers as a top air cleaner plant, its shiny heart-shaped leaves removed up to 73 percent of VOCs and other pollutants from sealed chambers.
10. Lucky Bamboo
Lucky Bamboo – Dracaena braunii is also known as Dracaena sanderiana and popular name lucky bamboo, it is part of Asparagaceae plants family, native to Asia. Having lucky bamboo inside the house or at business place is believed to bring happiness and prosperity. It is one of the dracaena’s and posses all the air purification capabilities associated to dracaena species. If you prefer a plant which requires a glass of water every quarter of month you should go and get a luck building air purifier plant for the desk.