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Stress Awareness Month - what did you decide to do?

on Wednesday, 01 May 2024. Posted in Latest News

April, known as Stress Awareness Month, serves as a timely reminder of the importance of mental well-being in our daily lives, particularly in the workplace. Stress remains one of the leading causes of sick absence among employees, impacting productivity and overall workplace satisfaction. However, there’s a simple and effective solution that can help alleviate stress and create a more harmonious work environment: incorporating plants into the office space.

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What did you decide to do going forward?
Studies have shown that having plants in the workplace can help to reduce stress levels, boost mood, and increase productivity. The presence of interior landscaping in indoor spaces has a calming effect on workers, promoting feelings of relaxation and well-being. So why not bring some greenery into your workspace and create a more relaxing and inviting environment?
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There are several reasons why interior plants can help reduce stress:
Biophilic Connection: Biophilic design principles advocate for the integration of nature into the built environment to enhance human well-being. The soothing sight of nature can evoke feelings of calmness and relaxation, providing a welcome respite from the pressures of work. Incorporating plants into office spaces aligns with biophilic principles, fostering a deeper connection to environment and promoting holistic wellness.
Mood Enhancement: Indoor plants have a positive impact on mood and overall well-being. Their presence can uplift spirits, increase a sense of tranquillity, and create a more pleasant atmosphere for employees to thrive in.
Air Quality: Indoor plants can remove some chemical compounds from the air, although the further studies are needed in this field.
Increased Productivity: A stress-free environment is conducive to productivity. By reducing stress levels, plants can help employees focus better, concentrate on tasks, and perform more efficiently, ultimately benefiting the organization as a whole.
Visual Appeal: The presence of plants indoors can enhance the visual appeal of spaces, making them more aesthetically pleasing and inviting. Surrounding oneself with beautiful plants can create a sense of calm.
Noise Reduction: Some indoor plants can help absorb sound and reduce noise levels in indoor environments, creating a quieter and more peaceful atmosphere conducive to relaxation.
In light of Stress Awareness Month, now is the perfect time for organisations to prioritise employee well-being by introducing more interior plants into the workplace. From small potted plants on desks to lush green walls in common areas, there are endless possibilities for incorporating nature-inspired elements into office design. 
By investing in the well-being of their employees and creating a healthier work environment, organisations can cultivate a culture of care, resilience, and productivity. Let’s make every month a stress-free one with the power of plants in the workplace. plants@work members are here to help you to make the right plant choices and to nurture your thriving workspaces.
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