Office plants help boost workers’ mental health: study


Greenery ‘can reduce psychological, physiological stress’

A new study has found that the presence of small plants at work can help boost the mental health of employees.

“Having opportunities to gaze intentionally at nearby plants on a daily basis in the work environment can reduce the psychological and physiological stress of office workers,” says the study done by Masahiro Toyoda, Yuko Yokota, Marni Barnes and Midori Kaneko of the Graduate School of Landscape Design and Management at the University of Hyogo, in Awaji, Japan.

“The adoption of greenery into the office environment is becoming widespread as the need for improving mental health becomes greater.”

The study used 63 workers to “verify the stress reduction effects of the presence of small indoor plants on employees in a real office setting.” Participants were asked to take a three-minute break and look at the plant when they reported fatigue (passive participation).

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