Plants in the office aren't just more attractive than staplers — they can also improve your productivity. A study by scientists suggest that decking your desk with greenery can improve performance by as much as 15 per cent.
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The study, published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, compared large offices in the UK and the Netherlands. Parts of each office were filled with green plants, while others were stripped back. Over a two-month period, workplace productivity was monitored, and employees were surveyed to determine levels of satisfaction and perceptions of air quality. The "green" environments performed better on every measure.
Given the growth in promotion of "lean" office design, where all external decoration is stripped, it's a useful reminder that cutting back doesn't always make sense. To get your office greened up, check out our guide to the best indoor plants for Australian offices.