Does the thought of walking into the office on a Monday morning fill you with utter dread? It may be because your career path has you doing the same, repetitive thing for 5 days a week or perhaps your work environment lacks inspiration. If this scenario sounds a bit too close to yours, keep reading, we may have something that will help!
Many of us find ourselves stuck for hours under fluorescent light, surrounded by bland colored walls and the occasional exasperating colleague. Yes, this is the modern version of ‘adulting’ where we are trapped in the same drab scenery, sometimes for more than 13 hours a day, all in the name of work.
Crazy thought right?
Your Office Environment Directly Correlates with Inspiration & Creativity
Your office environment should be conducive to creativity, inspire passion and over all, make you feel comfortable enough to be a productive member of the society!
If you have had the opportunity to have a look at successful workplaces like Google, their offices transfer you from the cement and concrete jungle on the outside, to an imaginary tropical rainforest on the inside. Every alcove has a plant and working areas have been created to revolve around the plant life. They have literally brought life into the building.
Google’s interior designers were on to something great when they realized how plants affect employee productivity, moral and mental stability. Unfortunately, we all can’t work at Google. What is stopping you from taking the idea and re-creating it to fit your work environment?
It won’t matter how dreary your work atmosphere is, if you brought in a little something to brighten up the ambiance! Just like a home feels lively with a new pet, a healthy, happy plant at your desk will definitely improve the mood of everyone around you. We are not saying go get a creeper to grow over your boss’s door, but how about a pretty little succulent?
Benefits to Having Plants in the Office
1. Plants are Air Purifying
According to NASA research, plants have the ability to clean both air and water in enclosed environments. The Snake Plant and Aloe Vera are capable of removing 87% of volatile organic compounds (VOC) like benzene and formaldehyde that are found in carpets, books and ink. Harmful toxins from chemical cleaning agents, mold and dust mites are also greatly reduced by having a couple of these plants around you.
2. Plants Help Reduce Common Office Sickness
Plants are responsible for about 10% of moisture in the atmosphere. By improving the humidity in the room, plants can help prevent sore throats, dry coughs, colds and dry itchy skin. Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) is a real thing that affects a high percentage of the population, and sadly, most of them don’t even know they are suffering from it. Plants have been proven to diminish this syndrome. Therefore more plants in the office can mean less work for the HR department!
3. Have Your Own Personal Source of Fresh Oxygen!
Succulent plants are a natural source of fresh oxygen and improve air circulation. Basic Science states that green plants take in carbon dioxide and give out oxygen, meaning succulents, like cacti on your desk, will give you your very own supply of fresh oxygen! Knowing that, don’t you feel special already?
4. Productivity at Work Improves
Researchers from Kansas State University found that people who directly interact with succulents have improved concentration, memory and productivity; attributes that are necessary in any work environment.
5. Plants Can Help Boost Office – Morale
Succulents can help make your office space more live-able. There is a reason office interior designers use succulents as decorative pieces. They blend perfectly with the space they are given, brighten up your desk space or reception desk and make generally the office a warmer and friendlier place to be.
Depending on your office space and set up, (and what the boss will allow) you could improve your work environment with a small succulent in a nice coffee cup on your desk. If there are tables in the foyer, a succulent center piece is a welcoming sight for tired eyes. A succulent in the boardroom might just seal that business deal!
We have thought of a few small succulents you can start with that won’t clutter your desk or grow too large to become a nuisance.
Sansevieria Trifasciata ‘Hahnii’ – Bird’s Nest
The Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Hahnii’ is an adorable desk plant that will only get to 30 cm tall. It goes by various names like Bird’s Nest, Good Luck Plant, Dwarf Plant, Snake Plant, Golden Bird’s Nest and Golden Hahnii.
The leaves of this plant are green-gold in color with a wide central stripe. The leaves are oval shaped and grow as a tight rosette. As the plant grows, the leaves start to get the shape of a vase, and have off-white horizontal bands going across them.
There is the possibility of the plant blooming in summer or autumn. When it does, it produces greenish white flowers with a sweet fragrance.
The Bird’s Nest is one of the few succulents that actually thrive in fluorescent light, making it a perfect choice for any work place!
Sansevieria Trifasciata – Snake Plant
If you have a carpeted office, then the Sansevieria Trifasciata is the perfect succulent for you. This plant is native to West Africa and goes by the names Snake Plant, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, and Viper’s Bowstring Hemp. The names might scare you off, but this plant has all the benefits of a mother’s hug.
NASA Clean Air Study proved that this evergreen perennial has the ability to remove 4 of the 5 main toxins concerned with Sick Building Syndrome. Physical irritability, difficulty concentrating, drowsiness, nausea and fatigue are some of the effects felt by people suffering from SBS. Having the Snake Plant all around the office can help relive these symptoms.
Not only is this plant helpful, it is also quite interesting to gaze at. The stiff leaves of the Sansevieria Trifasciata grow out vertically like snakes from a basal rosette, and as the plant gets older, the leaves turn dark green and have a light gray-green cross-banding.
The Snake Plant copes well with low light conditions and can easily cheer up any corner of your office, while complementing any monotone wall paint.
Crassula Ovata – Jade Plant
What better way is there to promote business growth and boost office morale than with a traditional Asian lucky charm? The Crassula Ovata or Jade Plant has been a symbol of wealth and prosperity for centuries, and is believed to channel positive financial energies.
Originally from South Africa and Mozambique, the Jade Plant only requires a few hours a day of medium light. Even though they might grow a little slower than usual, they can survive for years under fluorescent light.
The Jade Plant mimics the look of a bonsai tree and can be trimmed to look like one. The leaves of the Jade Plant are glossy, dark grey-green in color and symbolize growth and renewal. The leaves look the same as jade coins, which in Asia represent wealth and prosperity. In early spring, this succulent will produce star-shaped flowers that may either be white or pink.
Crassula Ovata is known by many names, including Jade Tree, Money Tree/Plant, Dollar Plant, Friendship Tree, Lucky Plant, Pink Joy, Japanese, Chinese or Dwarf Rubber.
Astrophytum Asterias – Sand Dollar Cactus
There is no better way to add some excitement to your office space than with a cactus, and the Astrophytum asterias definitely stands out from the crowd. It’s tiny, cute and looks like a furry pumpkin!
This small, round, spineless cactus only grows up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) tall and 6 inches (15 cm) wide. It has a disc-shaped body that is dark green in color and surrounded by 5 to 8 ribs. There are woolly areoles in the middle of each rib and it produces large, bright yellow flowers with large petals that have bright orange-red midpoints.
After the cactus blooms, it gives off green, pink or grayish-red fruit that is covered with thick, furry hair.
This not- so- famous little guy has been previously referred to as Sand Dollar Cactus, Sea Urchin Cactus, Star Cactus or Star Peyote.
Work Place Plants
There are plenty more succulents with a variety of shapes and colors that, with a little love, can flourish in the work place.
Being low maintenance plants, succulents can perform miraculously around your work schedule. If you stay faithful to the succulent watering rule of “Do Not Overwater”, your office succulent should survive, even after you exhaust your leave days.
Give your succulent a drink every two to three weeks after checking to see that the soil is dry. Should you find the opportunity for your succulent to sit by a window for a few hours during the day, by all means take it. Your succulent will thank you by showing off its vibrant colors!
Do your succulents survive in your work environment? We want to see!! Join our exclusive Facebook group, Succulent City Plant Lounge, and share your photos for our fellow succulent- lovers for some inspiration!
Happy planting! ?