How to create calm in the workplace? Well, it isn’t easy, as one can imagine. Offices can be clinical and stale places to be, with little to nothing to focus on when your gaze inevitably wonders occasionally from your screen. However, it can be done, and the best way to do it is by bringing some greenery into the space. Moreover, bringing a bonsai into the space.
There have been various studies on how to create calm in the workplace, and specifically about the benefits of having a plant in your workplace. They reduce stress, increase productivity and help to decrease sick leave rates. As much as anything else, they simply improve the aesthetics of the office environment.
The calming effect comes from two fundamental factors. Studies have proven that they reduce stress, they have an air-purifying effect and they’re just aesthetically pleasing.
Firstly, being less stressed will help you be more productive, which could be argued will help you maintain calm about your deadlines. Secondly, another fundamental effect comes from the physical effects of having a plant in the office; that of cleaning the air. Plants breathe and the various microorganisms in the soil have an air-purifying effect too. Lastly, they’re just aesthetically pleasing, so you have something to focus on which isn’t your screen (or your colleagues!).
Why not then introduce a bonsai in your workplace. It will bring both the positive effects mentioned above, with the added benefit of being something to temporarily divert your attention. It’s important to take a break from your screen, and what better way than to interact with nature.
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