bio-, meaning “life,” and -philia, meaning “friendly feeling toward”. A weird word that can change your work day
This month we are bringing you work place advice. This month is adding plant life to your working space to create a calm, productive environment
Biophilic design in the office can reduce stress, improve cognitive function and creativity, and improve our mental health. A huge benefit to being in the Liberty Village is urban environment that is adorned with greenery.
Here’s a few reasons to introduce plant life into your work life!
Indoor plants have shown a reduction in sick days and absentee rates in the work place! Being able to view and care for plants decreases stress which increases productivity. They also help us focus which improves memory retention by introducing mindfulness (don’t worry.. its not as mysterious as it sounds)
In several studies, participants who walked through a green space or natural environment tested better on their working memory compared to those who walked through a well-trafficked urban area.
Increased employee engagement
When employees are stressed they are at risk of falling into fight-or-flight mode. If your employees perceive your workplace as a threat, then you cannot build the trust your team needs to collaborate and innovate effectively.
In a recent study, students and employees with a view of nature were found an increase in relaxation. They were also found to be in better moods and less irritated by physical symptoms of allergies and asthma than their counterparts who had no views of plant life or other natural settings.
There is something therapeutic and calming in being surrounded by things green and growing. Gardening can promote mindfulness as it forces you to focus on your senses as you repot plants or tend to one of your favorite succulent; it can be a very restorative experience.
Want to lower your pulse? Gaze at a plant for a few minutes. A recent study published in the journal HortTechnology has found office workers who cared for a plant and then looked at it for a while, felt tired experienced less anxiety than before they had one.
Being among plants uplifts the spirits, eases the mind, and gently pushes all worries aside. Turns out science and our feelings agree, plants are good for us. Researchers repeatedly report increases in subjects’ mood, fewer incidents of depressive symptoms, and decreased symptoms of anxiety after a walk in nature, as compared to a walk through an urban environment.
The improved psychological well-being of those who interact with nature has been shown in numerous studies to result in greater feelings of positivity and hopefulness, comfort and relaxation and general overall happiness and satisfaction with life.
You also don’t have to spend a lot! We also suggest checking out Today’s 15 easiest indoor house plants (that wont die on you) for some inspiration.
We love feedback at the Fueling Station. Let us know what helps you feel great about your office!