When businesses consider adding flowers to their office, they may think of them only as a decoration to make their space look nice for clients. Believe it or not, although the decorative aspect of how a nice arrangement might make your foyer look is important, that’s the least of the benefits your office can reap from having fresh flowers around. The real advantage is to the people who will enjoy those flowers every day—the employees.
In the twenty-first century, scientists have attempted to put some data behind the gut feeling we all have that flowers boost our mood and generally make things better. For example, researchers at Rutgers University presented study participants with one of three different possible gifts—these were supposedly a thank-you for being in a study on mood, but the real purpose was to gauge their reaction to the gift itself. Not only did flowers elicit a 100 percent positive response, but that happy response lingered for days afterward.
A similar study by a Harvard faculty member showed that having flowers around not only improved people’s mood, but also contributed positively to relaxation and energy levels. The constant demands of a modern office, with tight deadlines and constant interruptions from the phone, email, and instant messaging, can easily ratchet up stress levels to the point where productivity suffers. Having flowers around to reset the office environment to a more relaxing atmosphere can help preserve your employees’ well-being.
The positive effect of having flowers around the office isn’t limited to simply feeling better. A Texas A&M study that looked directly at workplace productivity showed that having flowers and plants in the office environment also improved creative problem-solving skills. The participants in the study generated more ideas and more creative solutions in a flower-filled office than in an office decorated without flowers or without decoration at all. All businesses rely on innovation to remain competitive, whether they’re improving a product or enhancing their services, so the natural problem-solving enhancement that you get from flowers makes them a great addition as well.
Having an office subscription service can make incorporating flowers into your workspace convenient and easy. Consider placing cut flower arrangements and plants in the most frequented places in your office—break rooms, reception desks, central hallways—as well as strategically positioning them in spots where all of your employees can experience the benefits of having beautiful blossoms and greenery in their environment.
At Rachel Cho Floral Design, we work with our business customers to provide a constantly updated selection of fresh designs, with dedicated design consultants and delivery options to suit your needs. We’re dedicated to making your workplace look and feel its best, so your business can thrive. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help with all your floral needs.