Three Ways You Can Add Green Design to Boost Employee Productivity and Happiness

Whether you manage an office of five people or 500 people, you’ve probably faced the task of refining your office design to improve employee productivity. Most people focus on things like creating open workspaces for better collaboration or adding ergonomic chairs and standing desks for added employee comfort. While these are valuable steps, don’t lose sight of one easy change that can reap big benefits: introducing more green design into your office.

Research shows that incorporating plants in the workplace can improve productivity, increase creativity, and sharpen employee focus. The effects can even extend to employee health. Being around plants or viewing nature scenes can elevate your employees’ mood and wellbeing. It also lowers their heart rate and blood pressure. With all of the benefits plants have to offer, what are you waiting for? Here are three easy ways to get started.

Place Statement Pieces In Central Areas

Start your design process by placing living art pieces in central areas of your office. A vibrant centerpiece of colorful flowers and greenery displayed in the lobby will draw the eyes of clients, visitors and employees every time they pass by it. Thriving plant arrangements placed in conference rooms or waiting rooms will provide a positive visual impact on both clients and employees. And common areas near hallways and elevators are ideal locations for tall plants that take up very little floor space but provide a respite for the eyes and mind. By placing statement pieces in central areas, you can positively impact the most people at once.

Incorporate Unique Plants Into Employee Workspaces

Now that you’ve addressed the central areas of your office, it’s time to focus on employee spaces such as cubicles, workrooms, kitchen areas and bathrooms. These are the spaces your employees use every day, and you can add plants to make an immediate impact.

Start with a series of calming centerpieces such as Japanese-themed zen gardens or bonsai tree arrangements in the kitchen and dining areas. Then energize the office by incorporating flowering plants in the employee workrooms or within each cubicle area. In the bathrooms, add some subtle, low-profile plants on the countertops that provide a pleasant visual appeal without getting in the way. Keep lines of sight in mind as you position these plants since every employee should have a chance to see some green when they look around or get up and walk around.

Create A Green Space The Entire Company Can Enjoy 

Many companies offer perks such as gym facilities, foosball and ping pong tables, or onsite food prep for their staff. Why not offer your own company perk in the form of an indoor garden? These relaxing spaces are easy to set up. They can be as small or as large as your available space will allow.

Try to pick an area with high visibility so that employees can benefit from looking at the garden. Indoor trees, flowering shrubs, and water or rock features can be combined to form an idyllic space. This can lower stress levels and promote happiness and creativity. For example, tech startup GIPHY recently created an indoor garden of hanging plants in their New York headquarters. The garden is just one of several design elements that showcase the company’s colorful, fun and friendly attitude.

We hope these ideas have got you thinking about how you can add green design elements to your office. Employee productivity is essential to your company’s success. Why not take advantage of every design element you can to increase that productivity? With a little more greenery in the workplace, you could soon see some very happy, productive employees.

Making Boston Healthier One Beautiful Plant At a Time

City life is an incredible experience of work and play, opportunity and activity. Around every corner is another shop, street vendor, or sparkling office building and there’s always something to do as long as long as you have a few dollars in your pocket. But living in Boston isn’t all glamor and delicious food. There are plenty of hazards that come with city life as well. While you may be thinking about the crazy drivers on your way to work or the occasional flash flood, what we’re talking about today is the inevitable consequence of so many people living and driving so close together, and it’s not just Boston. Every city struggles with its pollution level and while we don’t talk about it, everyone knows that moving to the city is just a little hard on the lunch and bronchial passage. So how do we make Boston healthier?

Digging That City Air

That said, most people who live in the city and have done so their entire lives don’t even notice city air and wouldn’t trade it if they could. This is a subject you almost never hear about except from civil servants and visitors from far more rural regions who are not used to living near so many other people and cars. For a Bostonian, the mild smell of car mixes naturally with other favorite city smells like food truck menus, fresh spray paint, and the endless mix of faint perfume or cologne on your fellow Bostonians. This is the smell of the city and we’d miss it just as much if we moved out to the country as our rural relatives object to the city smells when they come to visit.

Acknowledging the Health Concerns

But as much as we love city life, the health-conscious among us do acknowledge that there are certain medical concerns involved with living around and above a few million cars that fill the streets every day. Pollution is no joke, especially for those who already have health concerns. To this end, many people have developed their own coping mechanisms for staying healthy without having to leave the bustle of city life. Some use air purifiers, some workout indoors, but we’ve found that the best local-scale solution is simply to plant as many beautiful green things as possible.

Breathing Cleaner Air One Plant at a Time

Plants are nature’s natural air scrubbers and they are truly incredible at what they do. Everything that grows roots and green leaves has the unique ability to turn carbon dioxide into sweet wonderful oxygen that enriches our air, makes it easier to think clearly, and literally boosts your mood. The oxygen a single plant produces might seem negligible but what about a hundred plants? Or a million? It turns out that while our parks are great, you don’t actually need a ground-level garden to enhance your home, work, and public environment with more greenery than you can count on your lunch break. In fact, you don’t even need to be outdoors. With the delightful and incredibly attractive innovation of plant walls and arboreal sculptures, businesses, homeowners, and city planners alike are finding ways to fit these beautiful air-scrubbers absolutely everywhere.

Here at Cityscapes Inc, we delight in finding new creative ways to plant things in places you would never expect. Inside cafes, spiraling up the inside of a glass and steel skyscraper, or even with plants in place of cubicle walls, it is absolutely possible to put a plant almost anywhere you might put a wall, sculpture, or piece of furniture. Indoors or outdoors, the smile our plant installations inspire isn’t just because they’re beautiful. It’s also the effect of delicious oxygen lifting your spirits and reminding your brain of the busy forests we used to live in before we ‘grew’ our favorite concrete jungles.

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