Unfortunately, the winter months can be depressing with their lack of daylight, low temperatures and – in recent years – what seems to be relentless wind and rain.
When these factors are combined with the realisation that the festive season is well and truly behind us, failed New Year’s resolutions and possibly a lack of finances, the ‘January Blues’ is a very real phenomenon.
It is not just an issue in January either; increased absenteeism within the workplace is high in the first few months of the year. According to the ONS, 131 million days were lost due to sickness absences in the UK in 2013*, with stress, and minor illnesses such as coughs and colds given as the main causes of absence.
We are therefore urging businesses to use January as an opportunity to encourage employees to personalise their workspace and enrich their environments through plants, pictures and photos.
A recent report entitled “Green vs Lean” conducted by Exeter and Cardiff Universities revealed that introducing plants into the office, increases workplace satisfaction by up to 40%. Further research found that by giving employees input into the development of their workspace, productivity can improve by as much as 32%**.
Kenneth Freeman, Head of Innovation for Ambius comments: “Office plants provide multiple benefits, including boosting staff morale and reducing depression, anxiety and overall stress. Creating greener indoor space creates healthier and more productive workplaces as well as sparking stimulation and improved air quality.”
Of course, each workplace is different but personalisation seems to be the key to increasing productivity and adopting greenery in the workspace is a great way to make a real difference and help beat the January blues!