Afternoon slump? Happens to the best of us. Your second cup of coffee is wearing off, your inbox is being flooded with emails and you’re in desperate need of a nap. But, before you reach for your third latte or a snickers bar, consider the results of a study conducted by the Society of American Florists (SAF) and Texas A&M University: Health and Well-Bring Benefits of Plants and Flowers.
The study found that including plants and flowers in your work environment can be a great way to improve productivity and get those creative juices flowing again. If there are a few bits of greenery or flowers in your office space, your problem-solving skills may be stronger and your thinking is likely to be more innovative.
And, though both genders benefit from office plants and flowers, greenery and flowers seem to have a different effect on men than they do on women.
Of the men who took part in the study, those surrounded by blooms or potted plants generated 30 percent more ideas than the men who worked in a barren workspace.
Among the women who participated, those who had a bouquet or plant in their line of vision tended to land on more creative and innovative solutions to problems throughout their workdays (trust us, the vending machine snack that’s calling your name doesn’t boast these benefits).
"The research shows that flowers and plants can be important in the most meaningful way to businesses," said Roger Ulrich, the study's lead researcher.
So, the next time your team has a tight deadline consider placing a bouquet on your desk or in shared spaces like the break room, kitchen or a meeting area. The blossoms could improve everyone's productivity and thought processes in a way that reduces overall stress and allows the team to arrive at smart solutions.
One more office-environment hint from us: We all know that office tiffs can make it hard to focus. The next time you have a disagreement with a coworker, keep in mind that flowers can mend fences in a flash, so send roses, tulips or exotic blooms. Our reasoning? Another separate study conducted by the SAF in conjunction with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, found that people who give flowers are more likely to be perceived as personable, caring, trustworthy, loving and successful. And who doesn’t need to do a little personal PR every now and then?