The offices Spartans do not help you work better: With the decor of the green also Artificial workplace improves the quality of work and Employees are more focused and satisfied. The offices Spartans, without even a plant, do not help you work better, in fact: a little 'green beside the desk just serves to increase productivity, according to the results of a survey conducted in two large commercial offices of the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The plants make it more satisfied employees, help them focus, improve the perception of quality of life; result, the yield of workers grew by 15 percent.
Experiment in two offices: Researchers have compared with other offices austere enriched plants, investigating the perception of employees through special questionnaires and monitoring the overall productivity for some months after the intervention of "planting" of the green. This is the first time when it was conducted a real experiment in a real situation, as explained by one of the coordinators of the study, Marlon Nieuwenhuis of the school of psychology at the University of Cardiff, England: "In the past, studies have been performed in the laboratory to understand the influence of plants on humans, this time we wanted to assess the effects in a real situation and the long term. The results contradict the idea of many, according to which an office sober and without "distractions", with desks clear and devoid of plants, it would be an incentive to the productivity of workers. "The data collected are in fact in the opposite direction: the plants have improved satisfaction in the workplace, the perception of quality of life and the ability to concentrate employee.
The beneficial effects of green: The in-depth analysis of the responses of employees showed that an environment made more comfortable by the plants 'involving' more workers, cognitively and emotionally. And perhaps because of this then the yield gains, "Putting vessels in office until then we saw Spartans increase productivity by 15 percent - notes Nieuwenhuis -. Data from other studies show that plants reduce stress, increase attention span, improve the well-being: these results confirm that the green makes me feel better and makes more serene. Building a "green landscape" in the office seems therefore a useful method to increase the quality of life of employees and especially productivity, in sharp contrast to the austere office philosophy according to which the maximum concentration is reached only if you have no objects around or plants that "distract" from their duties. It is not always true that less is more: at least in the office, it seems that an organization less spartan and a greater attention to green spaces can make a difference, positively. "
Source: Corriere della Sera - January 16, 2015 | 09:52