The Best Office Plants Create a Healthier Workplace
Almost every workplace could use a little (or a lot) more greenery. But if you’re adding new plants to your office, the species you choose can make a big difference. The best office plants pull triple-duty: they beautify your workplace, they boost employee morale, and they act as a natural cleaning service for the air in your office.
Adding plants to your office? Here are some of the benefits you should look for and some of the best plants for workplaces.
Benefits of Office Plants
A lot of people think of office plants as just decoration. But office plants do a lot more than simply look pretty. In fact, they offer substantial, measurable benefits to you, your work space, and your employees.
One big benefit of office plants is air purification. Office plants filter irritants out of the air you breathe, (kind of like the HEPA-filter vacuums used in our cleaning services). Plants turn carbon monoxide into oxygen, and they can filter other common toxins out of the air.
Another key benefit is the morale and performance of your workforce. Study after study has shown that greenery has a positive effect on a person’s mood, stress levels, ability to focus, and overall productivity. By giving you a happier and more productive workforce, office plants can measurably boost the output and efficiency of your workplace.
The Best Office Plants
A few factors go into choosing the best plant for your office. Ideally, office plants will filter common airborne toxins, require minimal upkeep, and be suited to the lighting conditions in your workplace.
With that in mind, here are our picks for the best office plants:
- Aloe. Aloe requires moderate amounts of sunlight, so it isn’t perfect for every space. That said, it’s extremely easy to care for and captures common airborne toxins.
- Dracaena. Dracaenas are some of the most attractive low-maintenance plants around. They require some sunlight and can take up a lot of space as they grow, so be careful with placement.
- Peace Lily. It can be tough to find flowers that can survive indoors with only moderate maintenance. The peace lily fits the bill and is an elegant addition to any workplace.
- Snake Plant. The snake plant’s large, long, triangular leaves love to suck up toxins while emitting purified air.
- Spider Plant. A spider plant can be a great addition to a desk or shelf corner, thrives in low light conditions, and captures a range of common toxins.
Of course, these aren’t the only plants that work great in office environments. Some others you might want to consider include pothos, cacti, ficus, bamboo, and English ivy.