Leeane Talefenua and Nyala Johnston hang around with some plants in the Boystown office.
Leeane Talefenua and Nyala Johnston hang around with some plants in the Boystown office. Rob Williams

Plants boosting productivity

A NEW study has shown plants in the workplace are more than just a pretty pot plant or a splash of office greenery – they can help create harmony and boost productivity.

The nationwide Newspoll survey of office workers shows two-thirds would prefer to work in an office that has plants.

Trans-Plant Indoor Garden Hire manager John McSweeney said plants could make a big difference in an office.

“I’m one of those people that when I walk into an office that has greenery I feel more relaxed,” Mr McSweeney said. The company’s clients in Ipswich range from BoysTown to Australian Meat Holdings in Dinmore.

BoysTown consultant Terey West said the organisation had plants scattered throughout its office.

He said the plants made the central Ipswich office a nicer place to work.

“It is more welcoming,” Mr West said.

“It makes the office look more decorative.”

The Nursery and Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) has responded to the survey by creating Plant Life Balance Day, which is planned for Wednesday to highlight the benefits of plants in the workplace.

CEO Robert Prince said a more harmonious workplace could be just a Peace Lily away.

“More than half the workforce surveyed felt offices with plants have cleaner air, and that they feel more positive at work with plants around them,” he said.

“One in three went so far as saying they have more energy at work when plants are around and they’re certain plants help them work more productively.

“That’s an incredibly powerful message for all employers about the use of plants to improve their office environment, boost morale and increase productivity.”



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