In order to provide a better work environment for staff on the project they decided to implement a wellbeing activity.
This activity looked at the beneficial impact of natural vegetation (notably indoor plants) and it’s beneficial physiological effects on employee wellbeing.
Poor indoor air quality can have negative impacts upon our health therefore these plants have been specifically chosen for their low maintenance and air filtering properties.
Some of the benefits of having office plants (all of which are scientifically verified) are:
- Increased positive mental health
- Reduction of stress levels
- Absorption of carbon dioxide and emission of oxygen refreshing the air
- Improved concentration levels leading to improved productivity particularly with those working with computers
- Reduction of absenteeism in the workplace
- Faster recovery from mental tiredness
All desks in the project office now have a desk plant assigned to them. A total of 50 plants were procured through a local social enterprise. Each plant is specifically chosen for its air filtering properties which were established as part of a NASA study. Plants range from 30-50cm in height approximately and are a mix of Peace Lily’s and Devils Ivy. Plants more suited to lower light conditions were placed away from windows to ensure they thrive.
This was well received by the project team and had a great morale boosting effect as the project team felt their wellbeing was being prioritised.
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