Indoor Plants Increase Worker Productivity
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY, Dr. Virginia Lohr
Pullman, Washington --- A study conducted by the College of
Agriculture at Washington State University (WSU) shows that
live interior plants increase employee productivity and reduce
The study, published in the "Journal of Environmental Horticulture,"
reports that productivity increased 12 percent when people performed
tasks on a computer with plants, compared people who performed
the same task in a room without plants.
Productivity was measured by the response time. Professor Virginia
Lohr, Ph.D of WSU said, "there was no difference in the number
of errors. The big difference was the reaction time, how quickly
they pressed the correct key when the plants were present."
"Plants are not just fluff," says Dr. Lohr. "We have felt, and
many people who work with plants intuitively believe, that having
plants around is vital to our well-being."
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