Scientists believe that the unique biology of plants may be the reason behind the improvement of employee well-being when greenery is introduced to the workplace. There are many different aspects to foliage that are calming and beneficial to us, such as the soothing colour. Green is said to be a particularly calming colour and therefore is thought to be one of the contributing factors to the reduced levels in stress workers experience when plants are introduced to their workplace.
The lead researcher from Cardiff University's School of Psychology commented, 'Our research suggests that investing in landscaping the office with plants will pay off through an increase in office workers' quality of life and productivity.' We already know how plants can improve production levels in the workplace by as much as 38%, however Nieuwenhuis and his team are hoping to prove the long term effects of them. ‘Although previous laboratory research pointed in this direction, our research is, to our knowledge, the first to examine this in real offices, showing benefits over the long term it directly challenges the widely accepted business philosophy that a lean office with clean desks is more productive.’