August 16, 2016

Pot Plant Productivity


Pot plant and nature view at the BMP office.

The presence of nature in office environments can have a positive impact on the well-being and productivity of workers.

Biophilic urbanism integrates natural elements and features such as parks, green streets, green walls, and pot plants, into urban landscapes [1]. This approach has tangible benefits for cities such as reduced air-conditioning loads, reduced urban temperatures, improved health and well-being, improved storm water management, and lower crime rates [2]. With the increasing impacts of climate change and population pressure, more sustainable urban design is needed.

BMM has a number of pot plants around the office, as well as surrounding views of trees. The experience of nature has been shown to improve general health and well-being, job satisfaction, and a reduced intention to quit [1]. A study has shown that having pot plants in the office can increase task productivity by 12% [3].



[1] Kabisch, Nadja, Neele Larondelle, and Angela Reeve, eds. Human-environmental Interactions in Cities: Challenges and Opportunities of Urban Land Use Planning and Green Infrastructure. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, (2014).

[2] Newman, Peter, et al. “Can biophilic urbanism deliver strong economic and social benefits in cities? An economic and policy investigations into the increased use of natural elements in urban design.” (2012).

[3] Lohr, Virginia I., Caroline H. Pearson-Mims, and Georgia K. Goodwin. “Interior plants may improve worker productivity and reduce stress in a windowless environment.Journal of Environmental Horticulture 14 (1996): 97-100.



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