Indoor Plants May Increase Worker Productivity

PULLMAN, Wash. — Treat that forgotten Boston fern in the corner of your office with a little more respect. A new study at Washington State University shows for the first time that live interior plants may increase worker productivity and reduce stress.

The study, published in the “Journal of Environmental Horticulture,” reports that productivity increased 12 percent when people performed a simple task on a computer in a room with plants compared with workers who performed the same task in the same room without plants.

The task was stressful. Blood pressure for both groups rose during the task, but only two points for people tested … Continue reading Indoor Plants May Increase Worker Productivity