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Q: Plants for Employees? ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Plants for Employees?
Category: Business and Money
Asked by: r_warren_86-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 25 Oct 2006 11:15 PDT
Expires: 24 Nov 2006 10:15 PST
Question ID: 776821
Is it a good idea to offer plants to employees if they're willing to
take care of them? Folks in my local business group are split between
those that say it is great for morale (and clears the air!) and those
that say you'll end up with water stains on papers and other problems.
What do you think; is this a good thing to do? Thanks.
Subject: Re: Plants for Employees?
Answered By: sublime1-ga on 25 Oct 2006 12:42 PDT

According to Plants At Work, a "national information campaign
working in conjunction with the industry to inform professionals
and the public about the numerous benefits of interior plants",
the multiple advantages of plants in the workspace far outweigh
any problems:

"Plants in the workplace offer more than aesthetic value. In
 fact, studies have shown they help reduce stress, enhance
 employee attitudes, increase productivity, and improve air


"Plants offer a means to decrease stress while enhancing
 productivity by 12%."

"...plant transpiration in an office environment releases
 moisture, creating a humidity level exactly matching the
 recommended human comfort range of 30-60%."

"According to literature from the Associated Landscape
 Contractors of America, proper selection and placement
 of plant materials can lower heating and cooling costs
 by as much as 20%."

"Research shows that plant-filled rooms contain 50-60%
 fewer airborne molds and bacteria than rooms without plants."

"Strategically placed, plants quiet down an office."

Much more on the page:

More details are available in a PDF document of FAQs, 
linked from the page, at the bottom.

Another page focuses on Plants in the Office Building,
and has several informative PDF files linked from the page:

Similar facts are presented in this 10 page article from
a UK design company, ISD, that specializes in plants:

On a more personal level, my supervisor, in the last office
in which I worked, once gave me a large, bushy philodendron
on the occasion of some achievement on my part. I appreciated
it much more than any of the inanimate plaques, cards, and
other objects I received on other occasions. She passed away
a couple of years later. I still have the plant in my living
room over 5 years later, having taken it with me when I left
that position. It has always brought me joy and fresh air.

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