Oftentimes offices want plants, but they don’t want the hassle that comes with watering them on a regular basis. There’s a great solution to this widespread problem: the succulent! Succulents are very easy to take care of and they also have many health benefits. So while they are improving the look and sophistication of your office, they are also improving the atmosphere. Below are some of the benefits that succulents bring to your office.
Improving Air Quality
The succulent stores water in its leaves and produces oxygen all day. Whereas most plants give off oxygen during the day and stop this process during the night, certain succulents have the ability to continue releasing oxygen throughout the night. This added circulation of air will help you and your office to breathe easier which allows for a clear head and focused mind.
Along with helping to circulate the air succulents take toxins out of the air and cleanse it.
In a study published by the American Society for Horticultural Science, it was found that 80 percent of the formaldehyde in the air was removed by indoor plants in only four hours. Formaldehyde is a toxic gas that is found in building materials and can cause allergies, asthma, and headaches. Having plants that remove this gas can alleviate common office sicknesses.
The benefits of having fresher air are plentiful and the effect that it will have on your office certainly makes these plants worth looking into.
Keeping Your Office Healthy
The more plants you have in your office the better. Succulents help to balance the humidity in your office which can prevent dry skin, colds, sore throats, and dry coughs. This is very helpful especially if your office is large and sickness can spread easily. A study done by the Agricultural University of Norway found that certain sickness fell by up to 40 percent in offices that had plants. Another study done by Tina Bringslimark, an environmental psychologist, proved that employees that can see plants from their desks take less sick days than those that don’t see plants. Having succulents in your office improves the health and morale which results in a better workflow.
Providing Greater Concentration
In order to get work done concentration is key and succulents can help your office’s concentration increase. A study done at Washington State University found that plants reduced worker’s stress and improved their reaction times by 12 percent. When stress is reduced, workers are able to focus and feel more capable of doing their jobs. In this study, participants took a boring computer test for 20 to 30 minutes and those who sat by plants during the test performed better than those who didn’t. Anytime concentration can be improved in an office is a positive and this is especially true when it can be done with the addition of a beautiful succulent.
Getting succulents for your office is a great idea. There are many different kinds, they come in different shapes and sizes, and the benefits of these plants are so great they practically pay for themselves. They are low-maintenance and you can put them in virtually any setting you want. If you have any questions about what kind you should get, give me a call!