With the recession in full swing and a general feeling of misery at work, experts are advising the Great British workforce to invest in artificial plants and trees as a way of raising mood, and increasing productivity by up to twelve per-cent!
Call it a work-based myth at your peril, artificial trees and plants have been scientifically proven by the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture to reduce stress and increase productivity in a series of independent studies carried out at universities in the USA, Netherlands and the UK.
The findings were baffling, with employees’ productivity rates during computer based tasks increasing by up to twelve per-cent, and systolic blood pressure readings were lowered by one to four units, showing a decrease in stress levels and an increase in overall wellbeing.
Graham Knights, managing director at Evergreen, who offer artificial trees, fake plants and artificial hedges said, “It may seem like an extremely small thing to do, but by adding plants to a dull workplace or even a bland windowsill, it can really boost morale amongst your staff. Given their huge benefits, you’d think that indoor plants would be as common in offices as computers and annoying coworkers!”
Sadly, most of us know only two kinds of office plant, the fire hazards above the filing cabinet and the dusty brown fire hazards, but this need not be the case! The new generation of artificial plants are realistic in form, extremely hardy and bespoke in design. For offices that are constantly on the move, artificial plants are suited to the effects of poor light and fluctuating temperatures, both conditions that make it hard to keep healthy looking live plants.
Mr Knights from the company who have over 20 years worth of experience in topiary and artificial trees added, “These days, creating artificial planting dispays is an art form. Using a special technique of grafting high quality silk, plyester and latex foliage, onto natural and preserved stems, it is possible to produce trees, palms, shrubs and ivy’s that are almost indistinguishable from living specimens. We are finding that some of our most popular products for the office environment are our artificial bay trees, as they are larger than the average plant and are extremely realistic.”
Available from Evergreen, are our famour artificial bay trees which the ideal choice for framing an entrance, priced from only £49.95. There really is no reason to subject your workers to a dull office environment. For those looking for something a bit smaller, their extensive range of flowers is unbeatable on both quality and value. For more information on how topiary can transform your office space, visit the Evergreen website.
Evergreen has been designing, manufacturing and importing artificial trees, plants and greenery for almost 15 years. During that time they have created designs for some of Britain’s largest companies. Evergreen work on a number of levels, be it supplying mail order direct to the end-user or working with large national companies in the leisure and retail sector.