Networx: Indoor plants bring summer to your office

Laura Firszt More Content Now
Indoor plants can bring a summery look to your place of business. [Indoor plants Dracaena Magenta/courtesy Costa Farms]

Summer’s here but you’re stuck inside at the office. Sound familiar?

So what do you do when you’re craving a touch of green to lighten up the greige of your workspace? Add a few indoor plants to your environment, of course.

Indoor plants will not only bring a summery look to your place of business, but they offer a host of additional benefits as well. Discover the ins and outs of indoor plants.

Advantages of indoor plants at the office

Personality. Adding a plant is one of the simplest yet most effective ways to personalize your work space, whether it be a corner office or a humble cube. Which is your houseplant personality: Spiky Cactus or feathery-fronded Spider Plant?

Performance booster. Having houseplants at work also increases employee productivity by 12 percent and reduces absenteeism by a whopping 14 percent (but don’t break the news to your boss).

Noise blocker. When you work in an open-plan office, the noise of your coworkers chatting about vacation plans being loudly productive may get in the way of your concentration. Indoor plants to the rescue. Well-placed houseplants reduce the ambient noise level by several decibels.