Plants help grow office productivity

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PUTTING plants and greenery in offices can help boost productivity, according to new research.

A greener working environment could see productivity go up by as much as 15% says the report by Cardiff University’s School of Psychology.

The presence of plants can see increased workplace satisfaction and self-reported concentration.

Lead researcher Marlon Nieuwenhuis, from the School of Psychology, said: “Our research suggests that investing in landscaping the office with plants will pay off through an increase in office workers’ quality of life and productivity.

“Although previous laboratory research pointed in this direction, our research is, to our knowledge, the first to examine this in real offices, showing benefits over the long term. It directly challenges the widely accepted business philosophy that a lean office with clean desks is more productive.”

The full report, which involved academics from the University of Exeter the University of Groningen in The Netherlands and the University of Queensland, Australia, is available here.

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