The most obvious reason to have plants in an office is to enhance the décor by providing a touch of green, but research shows there are many other benefits.
Over the last 10 to 15 years, a great deal of research has shown that indoor plants not only beautify indoor spaces, they also make them healthier and more productive places. Various studies have shown that plants provide:
Plants such as the Bamboo Palm and Peace Lilies can clean indoor air by reducing the level of airborne VOCs such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. Plants reduce the amount of dust and other airborne particulates.
People feel better about an indoor space with greenery than they do about one without. They are more relaxed, which can reduce stress and lower blood pressure.
Indoor plants provide many psychological benefits, especially in windowless workplaces. Study participants were 12 percent more productive and less stressed in a room with plants as compared to one without them.
Research has shown that businesses with plants have fewer days of employee absences.