Do you feel that your office’s productivity is a little low? We all know stress-relieving activities and bonding events helps relieve stress to improve productivity, but there is one more way to relieve stress that is often overlooked by many companies – the incorporation of flowers in the office. Not fake flowers, but fresh, sweet smelling flowers. In an enclosed office where employees face the computer, papers and their colleagues most of the time, the stress level builds up fairly quickly. Could a simple thing such as flowers improve productivity?
Fresh flowers redecorate the office
Looking to redecorate your office but don’t want to spend too much? Fresh flowers are a great way to add colour and life to the office! From purple flowers to pink flowers to even yellow flowers, the office is instantly redecorated. The flowers can be placed around the office, on the side, and even in the lobby. Visitors would feel more welcomed if they entered an office with a vase of beautifully arranged flowers. It might be a subtle change, but it would definitely make a great impact on your office culture and atmosphere.
Increase happiness levels and provides a calm atmosphere
Research has shown that employees are generally happier in an environment with fresh flowers and plants at their workplace. By putting flowers or plants in places where everyone would be able to see from their desk, it acts as a mood lifter and brightens up people’s day whenever they feel jaded after a long day of work. Well, it always feels nice to see something beautiful in the office, right?
Improves memory and concentration
There was a scientific study done whereby 3 different scents of flowers were used in a memory test. ‘Future memory’ is a concept whereby people ‘remember to remember’. Three scents were used in this test – rosemary, lavender, and an unspecific scent. Depending on the scent, there were varying test scores on the memory test, indicating that certain flowers actually improves memory and concentration. People who were exposed to the lavender scent scored lower due to lavender’s calming and soothing properties, as compared to people who were exposed to the rosemary scent, which scored the highest in the memory test.
Improves air quality
If you’ve been listening to your Science classes in Primary school, you should know that when plants photosynthesise, they absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Most offices are air-conditioned, and the air might be a little stale and dry. Plants and flowers improve air quality by generating oxygen in the office and also absorbing harmful compounds from the air that causes asthma and nausea, among others.