Landscaping 'lean' offices with green plants can increase productivity by 15 pc
A new, first-of-its-kind, study has revealed that designing the offices with green plants could increase productivity by 15 percent.
The team examined the impact of 'lean' and 'green' offices on staff's perceptions of air quality, concentration, and workplace satisfaction, and monitored productivity levels over subsequent months in two large commercial offices in the UK and The Netherlands.
The research showed plants in the office significantly increased workplace satisfaction, self-reported levels of concentration, and perceived air quality. The results suggested that a green office increases employees' work engagement by making them more physically, cognitively, and emotionally involved in their work.
Dr Craig Knight, from the University of Exeter, said that psychologically manipulating real workplaces and real jobs adds new depth to their understanding of what was right and what was wrong with existing workspace design and management, so they are now developing a template for a genuinely smart office.
Professor Alex Haslam, from The University of Queensland's School of Psychology, said that the 'lean' philosophy has been influential across a wide range of organizational domains, but their research questioned this widespread conviction that less was more because sometimes less would just be less.
(Posted on 01-09-2014)