A University of Queensland study has found that a "green" office, or an office with plants, makes employees happier and boosts productivity by 15%. Additionally, plants in the office improve employee satisfaction and quality of life.
Over a two-month period, the research team examined the impact "lean" versus "green" office space has on employees from two large commercial offices in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands by monitoring employee productivity levels and surveying employees to determine their workplace satisfaction in multiple areas. According to the study, in all 3 field experiments conducted, enhanced outcomes were observed when offices were enriched with plants.
"Employees were more satisfied with their workplace and reported increased concentration levels and better perceived air quality in an office with plants," said UQ's School of Psychology Professor Alex Haslam.
The findings challenge the modern notion that a "lean" office, or sparse workspace, is a more productive one. "…our findings question this widespread theory that less is more," Professor Haslam admits, "sometimes less is just less."
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The Relative Benefits of Green Versus Lean Office Space: Three Field Experiments.
Nieuwenhuis, Marlon; Knight, Craig; Postmes, Tom; Haslam, S. Alexander
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, Jul 28 , 2014.