It Turns Out Office Plants Are More Important Than You Think

Posted by Molly Turban on 3rd Jul 2018

What comes to mind when someone first looks at the Sendai Mediatheque? Imagine what it would be like to study in a building whose walls are composed solely of glass. Throughout the day the sun would seep into the library creating a natural inflow of light. This Japanese library is a compelling case study of how contemporary design and natural elements can successfully co-exist in the modern office space. 

Not all offices are created equally. Dr. Chris Knight recently conducted a study in which he explored workplace satisfaction. In this study, it was found that work place productivity increased 15% when plants were added to the office. In other words: managers it pays to bring nature inside.

Every year, companies lose money when employees take sick days. One of the most frequent causes is stress induced anxiety. This has led many managers to look for innovative ways to make the workplace more welcoming. As a result, managers have become interested in ways color theory can be implemented in office spaces.

According to this theory, the color green often evokes feelings of safety, calmness, and tranquility. Therefore, the addition of greenery throughout the office could help some employees get a moments peace.

As managers face an increasingly mobile work force, employee turnover rates are a serious issue. An effective manager must look for ways to make the workplace more inclusive and welcoming in order to retain current employees. Over time, these efforts could make the difference between profitability and financial instability.  

Perhaps a “rose by any other name” wouldn’t smell just as sweet outside the office. With vertical garden systems and wall planters drab walls can be transformed into a natural oasis. These and other modern planters for the office can be found on