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Some research has shown that businesses may reap a surprising amount of benefits from live office plants. From an aesthetic point of view, office plants can brighten up a workspace and create a more visually pleasing environment, thus making an office appear more attractive and less stressful. In addition to the cheerful appearance, office plants may actually play a part in reducing energy costs and significantly improving air quality within the workplace. While these benefits can all be persuasive, plants can also make good economic sense, as they are relatively inexpensive in comparison to other types of office decor.
The mere existence and use of indoor plants can go a long way to improving morale around the office. Since plants are not a necessity, workers may be inclined to view the presence of greenery as a sign that the company cares about employee well-being and environment. Some studies have shown that office plants are able to reduce stress, and may even contribute to productivity levels. Using a lot of plants can also help create sound barriers, which may make the office more peaceful and quiet.
The natural functions of most indoor plants can improve efficiency and the environment. Plants perform a unique process known as transpiration, in order to maintain their proper temperature and fulfill moisture requirements. As a result, the air around plants may be several degrees cooler, leading to a reduced need for air conditioning or fans. Transpiration also slightly increases humidity levels in the vicinity, which can be beneficial to human respiration.
In addition to providing natural temperature and moisture control systems, office plants can also provide another atmospheric service that counteracts a common condition in offices: toxic air. Since many office buildings have few windows, or open windows rarely, air can quickly become stale. Off-gassing from carpets, insulation, and other building materials can lead to a buildup of toxins in the air. Plants are able to absorb toxic air, as well as airborne molds and bacteria, turning these harmful substances into nutrients. As a result, plants suck in bad air and release fresh, clean oxygen, acting as a natural air filter for an enclosed space.
One final benefit to office plants is an attractive price. As opposed to artwork, fountains, or decorative sculptures, plants are relatively inexpensive and can be replaced as needed without incurring enormous costs. While plants do require some general maintenance, employees may actually enjoy watering plants, so outside assistance from janitors or gardeners may not be necessary.
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