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Planting a new gift this Easter

By Kenneth Freeman, Head of Innovation at Ambius

Ahead of Easter this weekend, many businesses will be preparing to splash out on Easter eggs for their employees as a reward for their hard work in the early part of the year. While many of us may indulge in a little gluttony every now and then, every year thousands of eggs go to waste, with many found in the discount bins of supermarkets as soon as Easter Monday. One option this year could be to give staff a more enduring gift, by buying them a plant for the office. With studies showing that plant life in the office can increase productivity by up to 15 per cent, an office plant is both a practical and thoughtful gift to brighten up your employees’ working environment.

Opting for an office plant is not only a considerate gift, which gives staff a boost when they return to work after the bank holiday break, it could also improve performance across the business. What’s more, it’s a present that will last throughout the year.

Not sure where to start when it comes to picking the right flower or plant? Here are some handy tips for picking a plant that’s guaranteed to help brighten up the workspace this spring:

  • Aglaonema “Creta”: This new variety of the workhorse of interior landscape plants has brightly-coloured foliage in shades of red, cream and green. They can survive for long periods of time and are more robust than many other varieties of plant, making them a perfect choice for the home or office
  • Ficus “Natasja”: A dwarf variety of the common weeping fig. It has small glossy leaves, a tree-like form and comes in a small pot – perfect for those with slightly smaller workstations or for a windowsill. It is tolerant of over-watering and with the right care, it can live for years.
  • Daffodils: A classic! Daffodils symbolise rebirth and new beginnings – a perfect symbol for Easter and a great gift to signal the start of Spring.
  • Jasmine: Jasmine is the right choice for masking odours: it has a strong, yet pleasant citrusy scent and is guaranteed to make any work area smell fresh.
  • Tulips: Bright and colourful, tulips bear beautiful flowers in a variety of hues. It’s not surprising then, that they are the third most popular flower on the planet! So why not present them with a lovely planted bowl of tulips to brighten up a well-lit desk or a windowsill at home.

We can all reap the benefits of being surrounded by greenery in the workplace. Research by Ambius and South Bank University has shown that plants can reduce noise through sound absorption , as well as help to create a calm and peaceful atmosphere in the office. What’s more, being close to greenery can make us feel at ease in our surroundings, experience less stress and even help to improve our overall wellbeing . Plants not only add an aesthetically pleasing element to an office, they have the potential to help you relax and de-stress when at work. Moreover, research studies have found that people generate more ideas when they work in an office with plants .

If you’re looking for a unique way to let your employees know they are valued and celebrate Easter, why not try something a little outside the box and consider an office plant? It’ll last longer and has many more benefits than a few empty calories.