Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Plants Can Perk Up Work; Bosses Who Spend a Little on Indoor Plants Can Save a Lot with Improved Morale and Happier Staff, Rebecca Marshall Reports

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Plants Can Perk Up Work; Bosses Who Spend a Little on Indoor Plants Can Save a Lot with Improved Morale and Happier Staff, Rebecca Marshall Reports

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BOSSES of the Sunshine Coast, here is why you should pick up the phone and order indoor plants for your workplaces immediately.

A Washington State University study has found participants were 12% more productive and less stressed than those who worked in an environment with no plants.

Twelve per cent of an average salary of $50,000 is $6000; and one indoor plant costs about $200 per year to hire.

So, itas decision time.

You could spend that $6000 on 30 plants, or you could end up paying at least $5000 on training or recruitment agency fees (10% of that $50,000 staffer) when you need to hire a replacement for someone who quits.

Before you make the choice, know that plants lower intentions to quit, eliminating the need to retrain new staff. Why? Because they reduce stress, anxiety and sick leave, improve your business image, job satisfaction and indoor air quality and contribute generally to a lighter overall mood.

University of Technology Sydney scientist Margaret Burchett co-wrote a paper on the impact on plants in a window-less work environment, including the bottom-line breakdown above.

aHumans in their relationships with the environment have a history extending up to two million years,a she said.

aWe are reliant on plants for everything we need - from food to shelter, and also, (unknown to our ancestors) plants supply our oxygen, and are the sink for carbon dioxide.

aOur ancestors also recognised an essential role for plants in providing pleasure, perfumes, peace, piety and glimpses of a[approximately]paradisea. We still have the same requirements as our forebears.

aI propose that a[approximately]greening the great indoorsa with living plants is an important element in enabling sustainable urban communities of the future.a

Local man Steven Brett, owner of Bretts Plants, is also the president of the Interior Plantscape Association.

He has more than 100 corporate clients on the Sunshine Coast and 40 in Brisbane. They include resorts, commercial offices, schools, hospitals and shopping centres.

aThere are some tried and tested proven species that do well indoors like dracaena marginata, the Janet Craig or happy plant,a he said. …

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