Having potted plants in your office is good for the health of your employees which means that it’s also good for your business with reduced sickness rates and increased productivity.
The principle of bringing nature into our indoor environment has always been advocated by fans of Feng Shui and research is gradually catching up to prove the benefits.
In a recent study by Dr Tina Bringslimark of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences the amount of plants that could be seen by employees had a direct correlation to sickness rates: the more plants the lower the sickness levels.
US research has also shown an increase in productivity amongst workers who have plants in their environment. The Washington State University study showed an increase of 12%.
There are a number of reasons why plants can have an effect on us: the production of oxygen and reduction of other toxins in the air; the production on negative ions to counter the effects of electrical equipment; the psychological belief that plants are healthy for us and so we react accordingly.
Each explanation is valid but, before you go foresting your offices take some Feng Shui advice:
- The types of plants you choose should work within Feng Shui principles and be strategically placed to bring harmony to the energy of your space.
- The number of plants should be adequate for the size of your space.
- All plants need to be looked after and kept healthy. A dead or dying plant is probably worse than having no plants at all.
With that in mind, and if you have business issues such as absence rates and low productivity to address, maybe your next business trip should be to the nearest garden centre.
Jackie Notman is a business and feng shui consultant. This article is from her blog ‘Life – and everything else’ where you’ll find an eclectic mix of articles and information.
Business Energetics is based on classic Feng Shui principles and brings together your environment and your people into one harmonised and focussed profit machine.
If you would like to find out more about how your business could benefit from living in harmony with your environment, and using energy to your advantage, contact Jackie Notman on 07920 461574 or through her website http://www.fs168.co.uk/businessenergetics
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