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Flowers, Plants and Productivity in the Workplace

June 16, 2010

So you’re committed to building a productive workplace, and happy employees is part of making that happen. What is the quickest, surest way to promote happiness among employees and clients in your workplace, and that works with men and women? As you look at the picture below, notice what happens to how you feel and how your body and mind responds. [caption id="attachment_268" align="aligncenter" width="137"] Cheery Sunflowers How do you feel when you see this picture?[/caption] Have you ever noticed that when someone brings flowers into a room, everyone smiles when they look at them? We have an automatic reaction, before we even stop to think about it. According to behavioral research conducted at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, “nature provides us with a simple way to improve emotional health - flowers. The presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed.” Flowers are a ‘big box of happy’! Flowers and plants are living, and they bring delight and a creative boost. And bright, bold colors bring energy and lift people's moods. The Society of American Florists reports: "in an eight-month study, the Texas A&M University research team explored the link between flowers and plants, and workplace productivity. Participants performed creative problem solving tasks in a variety of common office environments, or conditions. The conditions included a workplace with flowers and plants, a setting with sculpture and an environment with no decorative embellishments. [caption id="attachment_2871" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Creative Floral Art How does creative styling engage or intrigue you? How does it lift your mood?[/caption]   “During the study, both women and men demonstrated more innovative thinking, generating more ideas and original solutions to problems in the office environment that included flowers and plants. In these surroundings, men who participated in the study generated 15% more ideas. And, while males generated a greater abundance of ideas, females generated more creative, flexible solutions to problems when flowers and plants were present.” At the University of Washington, a studywas done about the effects of adding plants to windowless work areas. “ When plants were added to this interior space, the participants were more productive (12% quicker reaction time on the computer task) and less stressed (systolic blood pressure readings lowered by one to four units). Immediately after completing the task, participants in the room with plants present reported feeling more attentive (an increase of 0.5 on a self-reported scale from one to five) than people in the room with no plants.” Bring the beneficial impact of flowers and plants into the every day work life of your employees. This can be as simple as a few small vases, each with a single bloom, plants on desks and common areas, or a medium size flower arrangement in a common work area that people pass through. Workplaces can partner with a local florist to bring flowers to the workplace at the start of the week, stems for employees to have on their desks and arrangements with artistic style to greet clients as they first walk in the door. By bringing in this source of positive emotion, you shift the baseline of people’s emotions to the positive side automatically. If you are ready to add productivity to your workplace, please email us at or call us at 480-603-7673. Additional Links:

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