However 'urban' Western man is, he immediately feels at home in nature. This is not surprising, because the need for greenery is in our genes. Plants have been providing food, protection, and healing since man came into existence. The mere sight of greenery gives us a feeling of relaxation and well-being.

VDU

Dutch research shows that people who have more than four hours a day working with a screen feel better and are more productive with plants in view of their screen, or colleagues who have to do without plants on or next to the desk.

Building-Related Health Complaints

It is not easy to achieve a pleasant indoor climate in offices. It is often too cold or too hot. And in winter when the heating is running at full speed, the humidity drops to less than 30%, where it should actually be 40 to 60%. Even in offices with good climate installations, over a quarter of employees are not satisfied with the prevailing climate. A bad indoor climate causes health problems, such as dry mucous membranes, headaches, skin complaints, and irritated eyes. This irrevocably leads to a loss of productivity and higher absenteeism.

Typical health problems in modern office buildings

  • concentration problems
  • dry throat
  • dizziness
  • irritated skin
  • irritated eyes
  • cough
  • headache
  • fatigue

What Plants Do

Plants in the workplace keep the climate healthier and more stable. They evaporate water through the leaves, absorb heat and sound, and purify the air of dust and contaminants. Research also shows that a view of plants reduces stress and promotes our creativity. In short, we feel better with plants and that improves our performance.


Sickness Absence Down

In the department of a Norwegian hospital, the effect of plants on the health of employees was investigated. After plants and full-spectrum lighting (artificial daylight) were placed in the department, short-term absenteeism decreased drastically from 15% to 5% within six months. More than five years later, this had stabilized at around 5.6%. A structural decline of over 60%. The assumption day artificial daylight was responsible for that spectacular result turned out to be incorrect. It is especially the plants that do it!

The Benefits at a Glance


Absenteeism Due to Illness Down

The effect of plants on the health of employees was examined in the department of a Norwegian hospital. After plants and full-spectrum lighting (artificial daylight) were placed in the department, short-term absenteeism decreased drastically from 15% to 5% within six months. More than five years later, this had stabilized at around 5.6%.
A structural decline of over 60%. The assumption day artificial daylight was responsible for that spectacular result turned out to be incorrect. It is especially the plants that do it!

Symptom
Before intervention on average
After
intervention, on average
Difference
average
decrease in symptoms
after intervention in percentages (%)
Fatigue
1.24
0.84
0.40
-32%
Headache
0.72
0.40
0.31
-25%
Dizziness
0.20
0.15
0.06
-25%
Irritation to the eyes
0.66
0.56
0.30
-15%
Stuffy nose
0.81
0.72
0.09
-11%
Husky throat
0.97
0.67
0.29
-31%
Cough
0.34
0.21
0.13
-38%

One-time investment in 100 planters

Annual expenses
• Maintenance / replacement
• Depreciation

Annual benefits
• 1% absenteeism = 1 year salary ad

Proceeds 1st year
Proceeds next years
€ 15,000


€ 3,500
€ 2,500
€ 6,000

€ 30,000

€ 9,000
€ 24,000

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