Who’s the greenest of them all?

15/03/2011

Ambius reveals top sectors for plants in the workplace

Businesses may be cutting back on discretionary costs but they could be counting the cost in lost productivity if plants in the workplace get pruned out according to Ambius the world’s largest workplace enrichment and interior landscaping company. According to research conducted by The University of Exeter in conjunction with Ambius, a greener workplace can result in higher levels of employee engagement, wellbeing and even boost productivity by up to 32%.

Analysis of green workplaces by Ambius has revealed that financial institutions are the most likely to have plants in the workplace. Hotels are second on the list, while manufacturers come third. These businesses are not only investing in enhancing the environment with planting but as the research has found, they could be seeing productivity benefits too.

The Top Ten Green Workplaces

  1. Finance
  2. Hotels
  3. Manufacturers
  4. Business Consultants
  5. Travel and Tourism
  6. Healthcare
  7. Property Management
  8. Restaurants
  9. Media and Advertising
  10. Local Government/Government

Source: Ambius

Kenneth Freeman, International Technical Director at Ambius said: “Plants can help improve employee productivity, reduce absenteeism and boost wellbeing in the workplace. Independent tests have shown that plants and personalisation of work areas can create a 12% improvement in reaction times, lower blood pressure by 1-4 units and reduce fatigue by 30%.”

Healthcare businesses including private hospitals ranked 6th in the list, where plants can create a sense of calm for patients and improve recovery times. While property management came seventh and restaurants eighth on the list, media and advertising businesses came in ninth place where planting can make a design statement while supporting creativity through the health benefits offered. Finally government and local government came in tenth on the list – welcome news given the challenge the public sector faces in supporting employee engagement.

Kenneth Freeman concludes “In this period of austerity it is vital for businesses to think carefully about the impact of cuts on business productivity. Plants can enhance the workspace in a number of important ways. They look good but they also make people feel good.”

 

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  • Horticulture Week Online, 23rd March 2011 : Financial institutions top list of indoor plants users according to Ambius and University of Exeter study.
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