We all know that flowers and plants look nice and make a space look brighter but most businesses don’t believe they can justify the cost of having live plants and flowers in their offices. Are they missing a trick though?
There is a wealth of behavioural research which clearly shows that flowers and plants can improve well-being, mood, creativity and concentration.
Research carried out in 2008 by Park and Mattson discovered that patients in hospital wards decorated with flowers and plants needed less postoperative pain medication, had lower blood pressure and pulse rates, were more positive and less tired and anxious than patients who were unfortunate enough to be in rooms without plants.
Do these sorts of results translate to the office? Well it transpires that yes they do. Raanaas, Evensen, Rich, Sjostrom, and Patil in 2011 discovered that workers in offices decorated with plants showed increased attention.
Shibata and Suzuki collected evidence that people performed set of tasks better in rooms with plants. Interestingly the improvement effect was more marked in men than women. They also discovered that plants improved the mood of all the participants in the study.
In 2013 Dr Chris Knight from Exeter University discovered that workers in lean offices became 15% more productive working on creative tasks when a few plants were added.
It seems that the academic community is coming to know what florists have known for years. People feel better and work better around plants and flowers!