New Décore At Columbusound!
The corporate offices at Columbusound just got a major make-over, and it has met with outstanding enthusiasm from employees and visitors, alike. One might not think that office décor would make much difference in productivity, but we are discovering just the opposite, hear at headquarters. Part of the improvement comes from the new batch of indoor office plants.
Benefits of Indoor Office Plants
Our decorators have done a marvelous job in revamping our facilities. However, one of the most obvious improvements comes from the addition of indoor plants. We have learned that there are a number of benefits from introducing office plants.
- Living plants clean the air. With new carpeting, new countertops, and fresh paint, there are a lot of VOCs floating around. The living plants, however, have purged the odors out of the air in record time, and testing has shown that less obvious gasses, that have no odor, are lower than they were before the remodel! It seems that plants actually “eat” gasses like formaldehyde, radon, and other unhealthy off-gasses that are the result of construction. The various plants absorb those gasses, and replace them with oxygen. That’s a trade we like!
- The air humidity is more regulated. This time of year, with office heating going, many employees report that their sinuses are dry. They start hacking, and irritated sinuses start getting infected. This year, however, we are seeing far less of this problem. It is because the plants consume water, and between the frequent watering of the plants and the release of moisture into the air, the humidity levels of the office are far more comfortable. Fewer sinus problems equals better work attendance.
- Eye strain is reduced. Most offices have plenty of overhead lighting. In addition to this, most employees will have task lighting at their workstations. However, no matter how careful you are to provide baffles for the light or to make sure there is sufficient lighting, there is still a problem of eyestrain among the employees. This is because of the harshness of lighting. Plants, however will break up the light. The leaves and stems reflect the light in various directions, softening it and casting shadows, as well. This actually gives the eyes a break, creating different depths of field and focus requirements. This is crucial for relief from eye fatigue. Another benefit of this style of interior landscaping is that aids relief of eye strain is that the plants break up the man-made lines in the office. Straight walls, 90 degree corners, and cubicles create a very stiff atmosphere and lead the eye down strict lines. But, plants break up those lines, bringing a natural feel to the spaces and creating breaks in the visual lines.
Our new décor is receiving rave reviews from the employees, who like the new, fresh colors and natural feel from the plants. The air is fresher, even though we have new furnishing and carpeting, and the furnishings are great. Everyone is much happier at work now, and productivity has skyrocketed.