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How To Use Plants to Create A Welcoming Workplace

Written by: phs Greenleaf

phs Greenleaf has been providing planting and landscaping services to businesses for over 25 years, including indoor and outdoor plants, artificial and live planting, living walls, grounds maintenance and Christmas trees and decorations.

Long boring days in generic grey offices are being left in the past. Employees are now looking for comfortable workplaces that offer home comforts they’ve grown accustomed to while working from home in recent years.

Plants are more than just a nice decoration. For many city offices, plants are fast becoming an important design feature that can boost productivity while creating a comfortable working environment.

A 2014 study into interior plants in the workplace found that ‘office landscaping strategies that involve transforming a lean office into a green one contribute not only to employee welfare but also to organizational output”.

As more and more employees return to the office, now is the perfect time to implement, and reap the benefits of, natural design elements in the workplace.

A home from home

Due to increased home working during the pandemic, many workers have got used to their home comforts. And in 2022, no home is complete without a few houseplants.

In 2018, the research found that the UK Cut Flower and Indoor Plant Market was worth an impressive £2.2 billion. Houseplant sales soared during the pandemic, meaning this figure is set to continue to grow over the next few years.

By incorporating plants into your office workspace, you can help employees feel at home in their workplace, while enjoying the benefits that biophilic design can bring to your business.

What benefits will plants bring to my workplace?

Indoor plants offer an extensive range of benefits to interior workplaces, helping to create comfortable environments for both employees and visiting clients.

Studies have shown that offices experienced a 15% increase in productivity when plants were introduced to the environment. Employees also noted reduced anxiety and stress levels in greener indoor environments.

A 2010 UTS research study also found that plants in the workplace lowered tension and anxiety levels by 37% and reduced feelings of anger by around 44%. Fatigue among employees was also shown to have been reduced by 38%.

The benefits of indoor plants:

  • Naturally purifies the air
  • Boosts productivity and creativity
  • Creates a relaxing environment
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Improves wellbeing and mood

How to incorporate plants into your workplace

> Plant around desks


Plants can be used to brighten up desks and section off defined work areas.

phs offer an extensive range of planting solutions that are specially designed to complement office environments.

> Add Intriguing textures

Moss Walls offer an innovative and eco-friendly way to turn your office green.

The moss on phs Greenleaf Living Walls is organically preserved, which means that very little maintenance is needed. They also improve acoustics and absorb sound.

> Go for bold

Does your office have high ceilings? Or maybe floor-length windows? Make the most of large and bright office spaces by opting for big and bold interior plants.

With plant rental from phs Greenleaf, you can choose any plant you like. Making it easy for you to add an instant wow factor to the workplace.

Want to incorporate biophilic design into your workplace?

The horticultural experts at phs Greenleaf can work with you to transform your workplace into a comfortable and productive environment.

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