How To Use Office Plants To Boost Productivity in a Hybrid Workplace

Lucas Campbell avatar
on April 11#best-practices
How to use office plants to boost productivity

Apart from the aesthetic feel plant gives to the office environment, research has it that it undoubtedly decreases stress and promotes productivity. Offices with plants boast happier and laser-focused employees compared to workplaces without this beautiful element of nature.

This is why psychologists like Dr. Craig Knight of Exeter University bemoan the idea of Spartan-themed offices that features no natural element apart from strictly work-related aesthetics. He further reiterated that employees in this work setting are working in what he called “the most toxic space”. 

How Plants Boost Productivity 

The very expensive desks might have little or no effect on productivity as much as the effect household plants have on employees' memory. It has been recorded that; the human DNA is wired in such a way that it has the innate ability to connect with nature, which assists in the upsurge of dopamine levels in humans, which resultantly increases productivity.

When humans are put in a space devoid of natural elements like plants and color, the level of stress and anxiety increases noticeably. To avoid a case of brain meltdown, the resolution from Dr. Knight's research should be considered. 

The issue of lack of natural light is an issue to contend with when it comes to office plants. As we all know, plants and sunlight are an inseparable duo. It is almost impossible for plants to thrive in the absence of sunlight, although there are plants that require a lesser amount of sunlight for growth. Having indoor plants is recommended even if you're team is working on hybrid mode, you can get different plants for your office and for your home.

Similarly, when considering an office plant set up, a conscious effort should be made in determining the best angles in the office room for each plant to be placed according to the level of sunlight each plant requires. Employees can also take turns in watering the plant.

In order to make excellent choices in plants that require low maintenance as well as low light,  this list of plants has been made just for you!

Neon Pothos: It requires a low to medium level of light. It is easy to hang and saves up space.

Peace Lilies: Apart from adding to the greenery of an office, peace lilies are very easy to maintain as it only needs monthly watery.

Spider Plants: They are best for workplaces with a tough atmosphere. They can withstand harsh conditions and still stay fresh with little maintenance.

Monstera Deliciosas: It has the ability to thrive in a low sunlight-prone area. It is also referred to as a Swiss-cheese plant.

Pachycereus: These lovelies grow in the desert; surviving in a dim room is apparently not an issue.

Sansevieria Trifasciata: It can thrive in the roughest and toughest conditions. An added advantage is that it helps remove pollutants.

There is no need to worry in case your choice of the plant does not fall under the category of low light plants. Technology advancement has made it possible for plants that require high levels of sunlight to thrive indoors. With the help of grow lights, your greenery game just got better!

Grow lights are artificial LED lights that ensure the growth of household plants. The game of grow lights is as tight as that of natural light. It, in fact, adds to the aesthetic of the office space as it comes in different colors; red light is best for fruiting and flowering plants, while blue helps with vegetative growth. But if not properly regulated, light can burn plants.


Productivity at the workplace does not solely rest on technological inclusiveness. And even though the presence of natural elements like plants is sorely undermined by offices that in turn prefer the “lean” or Spartan office set up, plants in office spaces have been recorded to have a productive effect on employees. 

It has been found that employees in offices with natural greenery in their office space tend to work better than those in offices devoid of these beauties.  

Conclusively, the question that must come to any right-thinking man is how these plants get to grow inside spaces with low light considering how important sunlight is to plants. The answer to this is rather very easy with the use of grow lights; grow lights like natural light aid photosynthesis.

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