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Alleviate Stress at Work with Indoor Plants

Category: Houseplants 101 | Posted by: Jeremy Newell

Did you know that there is a ton of research in the benefits of having plants in your work space? Houseplants in an office don’t only look great but can positively affect your mood and performance!

Did you know that there is a ton of research on the benefits of having plants in your work space?

Houseplants in an office don’t only look great but can positively affect your mood and performance! Check out the following research shared by PlantSomethingOregon.com:

Forty years of research compiled by the University of Washington Urban Forestry/Urban Greening Research Department (1) show that having living plants inside and out can alleviate mental fatigue and sharpen focus on tasks.

The positive connection to nature is so potent that simply having views of the natural world from windows can “help reduce stress, boost productivity, improve job satisfaction, and help workers stay more attentive,” according to one report. (2)

Plants in work environments also benefit workers by producing “improved employee morale, decreased absenteeism, and increased worker efficiency.” (3)

The following are our top 5 picks for easy, no-fuss office plants:

Stop in to White Oak Gardens to learn more about these plants!


SOURCES:
1 depts.washington.edu/hhwb/
2Berto, R. 2005. Exposure to Restorative Environments Helps Restore Attentional Capacity. Journal of Environmental Psychology 25, 3:249-259.
3Shibata, S., and N. Suzuki. 2002. Effects of the Foliage Plant on Task Performance and Mood. Journal of Environmental Psychology 22, 3:265-272.

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