Modify Furniture’s guide to improving workplace productivity, employee health and the environment in one simple step.
The benefits of plant features in the workplace go way beyond cosmetic. Research from Cardiff University shows that plants can boost productivity in the office by as much as 15%. The study sites that plants improve employee satisfaction, focus, and perceived air quality. Further studies go on to validate these positive effects of fresh foliage in the office environment.
Improving Air quality
University of Technology in Sydney Australia did a study in 60 office environments and found that indoor plants removed up to 75% of volatile organic compounds from the air. These substances, also referred to as VOC, can cause difficulty breathing, reduced energy levels, itchy eyes and skin and more. They are released, or “out-gassed” from various building materials including paint and carpet, as well as furnishings, plastics and electronic equipment. In high concentrations, many of these agents are acutely toxic and carcinogenic. In this study, the benefits were most significant in older spaces or those with poor ventilation.