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Plants Are Key Ingredients to Better Work Environments

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:57:29 +0000

Creatas Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- That colleague of yours who likes adorning his or her work area with all kinds of plants is on to something.

Marlon Nieuwenhuis from Cardiff University's School of Psychology in Wales says that a plant-enriched workplace make everybody happier in the short and long run.

And here's something that should make the boss happier: Nieuwenhuis' study claims that productivity jumps by 15 percent when plants are added to the office.

Previous studies have demonstrated that green offices appear to enhance workers' attention spans while lowering stress.

By comparing and contrasting green offices to so-called "lean" workplaces, that is, without plants, Nieuwenhuis and his team concluded that quality of air, level of concentration and workplace satisfaction were better wherever vegetation was prominent.


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