Beyond The Lobby
Large scale green walls have become increasingly popular in the entrances of Class A office buildings. Beyond the lobby, however, many office interiors sport neutral colors and man-made furnishings without much greenery or nature. The short-term encounter with the green lobby, despite its initial wow factor, wears off over time as employees spend majority of their time in their offices.
In a paper by Barton and Pretty published in 2010, researchers cited significant benefits to self-esteem and mood in the first five minutes of exposure to nature. While prolonged exposure may not be practical in the workplace, small doses and frequent exposure to nature can compound the restorative response by capitalizing on the ‘first five minutes’ benefit. Imagine how many ‘first five minutes’ can be provided by incorporating desk and floor plants across the floor plan.
When budget planning for employee wellness investments, consider adding greenery throughout the office with smaller, more human scale plantings that are more easily implemented, scaled, and accessed than large scale projects.
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