Beating the January Blues
You’d be hard pressed to find someone who didn’t find flowers to be a genuine pick-me-up; in my experience there are few things that can lift the mood as effectively.
It’s not that surprising then to hear that recent research here in the UK and overseas has given scientific weight to the argument for Mother Nature’s gifts in the workplace.
A study by Exeter University showed that an office environment enhanced with flowers and plants is likely to improve staff productivity and wellbeing by up to 50%; whilst a major 8-month project at Texas A&M University in the USA showed that workers surrounded by natural décor were more innovative, creative and energised.
In particular, male participants in the Texan study generated 30% more ideas when working in a ‘flowery’ space, so don’t assume this just applies to the ladies!
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air can be even more polluted than outside. The phenomenon of ‘sick building syndrome’ refers to common workplace niggles such as a dry nose, throat and eyes, fatigue, lethargy, headaches, irritability and dry skin, and can be caused by a number of issues including poor air quality.
In an environment where many bodies are breathing the same air, levels of carbon dioxide are, of course, likely to be high; it follows that plants – which absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen through photosynthesis – can help to reduce air pollution, with the resulting positive effects on stress, concentration and general wellbeing.
Humans have an innate desire to be close to nature. Those taking part in the Texan study said they felt more joyful and less depressed, anxious and agitated with flowers and plants in their workspace.
One theory is that flowers produce chemicals that help to unlock the brain mechanism that governs pleasure, but science or no science: a drab, colourless office wall or a stylish arrangement of planted orchids? I know which would make me more creative.
The Contract Flowers team here at Gardenia works with clients all over London and Surrey, brightening up offices and bringing our distinctive, natural touch to even the greyest of grey spaces.
From an eye-catching reception desk arrangement to long-term contracts and floristry for major events, our approach is as individual and bespoke as your brief.
If you think your workplace could do with a lift, get in touch on 020 8944 0942 or book a consultation online.
P.S. Check out our gallery of ideas for corporate flowers.