Plants boost productivity by 17% says Ambius on national stress awareness day

Ambius marked national stress awareness day on 7 November by publishing a "biophilia toolkit" with studies on the link between nature and well-being.

Biophilia, which translates as love of life or love of living systems, recognises the need for humans to be in touch with nature, said the supplier of indoor plants and art.

Research found plants in the workplace could improve morale and reduce sickness.

"The toolkit draws on scientific studies that show the link between closeness to nature and well-being, making it easier for businesses to understand how they can boost employee engagement and productivity," said Ambius.

Research included the findings that staff with one or more plants in their offices felt a 37 per cent reduction in anxiety, 44 per cent reduction in anger, 30 per cent reduction in confusion and 50 per cent reduction in overall stress.

International technical director Kenneth Freeman said: "Simply by allowing staff to engage with a workspace with planting and artwork, employers can see a boost in productivity by up to 17 per cent and similar effects on wellbeing.

"It’s clear that work spaces have a huge impact on how well people do their jobs. Buildings with plants in them are quieter, more relaxed and at the same time more stimulating and interesting."


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