The past few years we have seen the rise of biophilic design into the office with elements of nature being incorporated into commercial buildings. This is a continuing trend as the lines between office and home become more blurred, and we predict that one big area of office design we’ll be seeing in 2019 is the growth of greenery.
Planting For Productivity
There have been several well documented studies carried out on how plants can increase productivity and reduce stress in the work place. The more connected we feel with nature, the happier we are, and with happiness comes more effective working.
We’re not advising clients to incorporate entire forests within their work spaces though; another study found that just adding one plant per square metre caused employee performance on memory retention and other basic tests to improve substantially.
Further research reveals that up to one in five people have no natural elements within their workspace, and yet employees who work in environments with natural elements reported a 15% higher level of well being, are 6% more productive and 15% more creative overall.
As yet we are unaware of any evidence surfacing that suggests that adding plants to a work place has detrimental effects on staff, and the studies listed here are just some of the more well known. There is over-riding evidence that plants are good for health, well-being, productivity and creativity whether that be at home or at work.
With this in mind, we believe that 2019 will see a large increase in businesses incorporating natural elements into any design project they undertake, and what better way to do this than by adding plants?