1.2 Common Sense
It is fantastic that a team of well-known researchers has brought forward this evidence – after brief consideration, the results are logical, too. Originally, man was known as a part of nature rather than a part of the office. And those who have ever gone for a springtime stroll through lush green fields or a newly budding forest know the feeling of unexplainable joy that comes with so much green. Scaling this teeming green mass down to a few square metres of office space, you will probably not experience such raw, sublime emotion, especially since there is another small priority to take care of at the office: work. Nevertheless, man needs oxygen in order to function, and plants, incidentally, are famous for producing oxygen. As a result, improving air quality in the office is a simple matter of having plants at work. The difference between a healthy, pleasant environment and overt distraction should hence be clear. Plants contribute to the former.
1.3 Confirmation from an Expert
Jan Gisewski from Ambius Germany makes reference to similar studies. The qualified horticultural engineer is the company’s branch manager for “Interior Plants and Landscaping”. Ambius is a division of the multinational logistics service, Rentokil Initial GmbH, specialising in the delivery and care of plants in commercial interiors. This includes offices as well as waiting rooms, shops, buildings with public access, hotels, hospitals and doctors’ practices. “Plants provide stress relief, filter toxins in the air, relax the eyes and improve overall wellbeing”, he confirms. Adding some greenery to the workplace does not only guarantee a better ambient climate, more oxygen, better sound insulation and a more pleasant work environment – it also heralds financial rewards. Gisewski cites a study wherein “employee sickness rates decreased by as much as 3.5 days per employee per year”.
Office interiors often conform to a particular design concept, so Gisewski recommends a whole-office solution. “Large open-plan office spaces place particular emphasis on an overarching design concept, which might also reflect the style or views of the company. “If every employee decided to bring a different cactus to work, each in a different pot, it would be counterproductive to company image.” Gisewski suggests targeted interior landscaping that considers the nature of the business premises, the design objective of the client, the availability of space and lighting and, of course, the budget.