This was written by Beant Bajwa of http://www.phsgreenleaf.co.uk/.
8 hours a day.
5 days a week.
That makes it 2080 hours a year. Out of a total of 8760 hours available in a year!
Almost 25%! A lot, right? This is the amount of time you spend in office.
So, how would you like your environment to be for this number of hours? Stuck between four walls, with lots of machines and people around, and just figures and numbers around you? Or would you like a lively environment, with plants and a beautiful décor around?
Nowadays, companies are concentrating and spending a lot on commercial landscaping. What is commercial landscaping? Corporate landscaping is the beautification of the external area of the office, including the gardens and roads around.
As per Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landscaping)
Landscaping refers to any activity that modifies the visible features of an area of land, including:
- Living elements, such as flora or fauna; or what is commonly referred to as gardening, the art and craft of growing plants with a goal of creating a beautiful environment within the landscape.
- Natural elements such as landforms, terrain shape and elevation, or bodies of water;
- Human elements such as structures, buildings, fences or other material objects created and/or installed by humans; and
- Abstract elements such as the weather and lighting conditions.
Landscaping is both science and art, and requires good observation and design skills. A good landscaper understands the elements of nature and construction and blends them accordingly.
While commercial landscaping mainly focuses on the area outside the office, office plants that are placed inside the office and near workstations can work wonders for the overall spirit of the workforce. An office plant, or a houseplant, is plants that grow specially inside homes and offices.
These plants have three distinct advantages:
- Decorative purposes
- Good psychological effects
- Indoor air purification
However, you should keep in mind that indoor plants require a lot more attention and care as compared to outdoor plants. You need to keep in mind many factors such as moisture, light, soil mixture, temperature, humidity, fertilizers, potting and pest control.
Indoor plants in office will not only keep the workforce positive and happy, it will also increase the overall productivity.
But, don’t except that indoor plants alone will increase productivity. Filling up the office with 90 percent plants and 10 percent human beings will not help increase the productivity! If it were that way, I would have been a billionaire by now!!!
Effect of Office Plants
As per Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houseplant)
Indoor plants reduce components of indoor air pollution, particularly volatile organic compounds (VOC) such as benzene, toluene, and xylene. The compounds are removed primarily by soil microorganisms. Plants can also remove CO2, which is correlated with lower work performance, from indoor areas. The effect has been investigated by NASA for use in spacecrafts. Plants also appear to reduce airborne microbes and increase humidity.
It is true that a healthy and a spirited work environment helps to keep the workforce intact, and reduce absenteeism. So where would you rather work: a place that offers more money and no office décor, or a place where the money might be less as compared to others, but the office environment and landscaping is beautifully done? Where would you like to spend those 2080 hours of the year?
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