How plants can help improve your PERFORMANCE as you WFH

We have all made many changes to our routines in the past few months. One of the biggest changes for many employees, has been working from home. Work from home (WFH) has induced most of us to find new ways to be productive and improve our performance.

As work from home became the new normal for many, so did the concept of an at-home work station.A simple google search will tell you that setting up a work station or designated space to WFH, can do wonders to your performance. But did you know that in addition to this, bringing plants into your WFH space can further improve your performance?

Here’s how bringing plants into your WFH space, can help with your performance at work:

1. Increases productivity and cognition

A study by the University of Execter shows that employees perform better when houseplants are brought into ‘lean’ workplaces. In fact, it can actually increase productivity by 15 percent! What’s more? It also improves memory retention and can also help employees increase their scores on basic tests!

2. Helps reduce stress

Research suggests that bringing plants into workspaces can help reduce stress! Taking a three minute break to intentionally observe a plant creates a separation from stressors, reduces pulse rate, and provides an opportunity for soft fascination– all of which help beat stress and makes your feel much better before you get back to your task.

3. Facilitates creativity

Did you know that looking at the colour green, prior to performing a creative task can actually enhance and facilitate creativity? Bringing a green plant into your WFH space can therefore make you more creative and innovative when it comes to problem solving!

In addition to improving performance, bringing a plant into your WFH station is a really easy way to brighten up your work space. A little bit of greenery can make your otherwise dull workspace more warm and inviting. Now who wouldn’t want that!

Bonus point: If flowers are more your thing, then I have some good news for you! A recent study by Bloom and Wild showed that having flowers around the home and work space, is actually a very good thing for your brain! Flowers can help stimulate feel-good chemicals like dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin in our brains, and can therefore be a real mood lifter!

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