Office plants in the medical field

Bodies of research have shown the benefits of having office plants in one’s workplace. The presence of nature at work is linked to higher job satisfaction, lower turnover rates, and better mental health outcomes for employees.* Office plants have also been linked to mitigating the stress that people experience at work. But what about the most high-stress careers? Can office plants benefit even those employees? 

Right now, more than ever, people who work in the medical field are experiencing major stress at their workplace. Research indicates that contact with nature can help alleviate occupational stress even among those who rate their jobs as being highly stressful.** 

One study in particular looked at work outcomes for nurses, who rate themselves as having high levels of work-related stress. Nurses reported a reduction in stress when their employers promoted a health-forward work atmosphere, including an increase in nature contact at work. The study suggested that nature contact at work could lead to a reduction in perceived stress at work for medical professionals. A decrease in perceived stress can lead to improved mental health and job satisfaction. 

Most interestingly, research has found that decreasing stress among nurses can lead to better job performance. In fact, mitigating work stress has been indicated to be a key factor in improving nurses’ performance at work. This means that office plants can benefit employees, employers, and even patients. 

One way that a medical employer can cause positive change is with office plants. They are a simple and efficient way to increase nature contact at work, thereby improving the health of their employees.

*Evensen, K. H., Raanaas, R. K., Hägerhäll, C. M., Johansson, M., & Patil, G. G. (2017). Nature in the office: An environmental assessment study. Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, 34(2), 133–146.

**Scanlon, M. M. (2017). Occupational stress risk assessment: Assessing the impact of health promotion lifestyle and perceived nature contact on nursing health and wellness [ProQuest Information & Learning]. In Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering (Vol. 78, Issue 5–B(E)).

 

Why office plants?

These days, it can be difficult to meet all of the needs of your employees. How can you possibly replace that annual company picnic? How can you, as an employer or manager, demonstrate that you care?  Your team may be back in the office, trying to navigate a new normal–or they may be working entirely from home–or it may be some combination! Office plants can be a relatively low maintenance, portable, and virtual experience that can keep your team active in areas outside of the spreadsheets.

The Research

Research shows that nature in the workplace makes for a preferred work environment. Even if that work environment is at home. Positive job satisfaction, job commitment, and lower work stress are just a few of the benefits that researchers have connected office plants to. Having green in your space, especially during a time where our activity outdoors is so limited, can have a positive effect on mental health and morale. Plants are a straightforward way for a company to give back to employees and care for their wellbeing.

The Solution 

Employees can take their desk plants along with them for those days when they’re working from home–all while staying active and connected. Now, interaction between employees is even easier with our networks. Every member of your team can belong to your team’s network–it’s a platform where they can post, share photos, find plant care info, and bond over their green friends. Want to see how a coworker’s plants are doing? Need to read an article on the best way to feed your plant? It can all be found on your network. Every enterprise network is custom to your office. The teambuilding possibilities are endless.  

Individual members of your organization can get their very own plants for their desks, or can collaborate with others to care for your office’s greenery. The plants can be named and cared for, without requiring a huge commitment. We do most of the heavy lifting by keeping track of the timeline in which plants need to be watered and fed and letting you know when that time comes. Many plants that we recommend do not need constant care or sunlight. To top it all off, any direct questions about a plant or its care can be directed at our gnome coach, who is always there to serve you. Most of your time with the plants can be spent just enjoying their presence.  

Get Started

With Gnomesy, caring for plants around the office is easy and affordable. We start by matching you with the perfect plant fit for your space. Then, we set you and your employees up on the network so that everyone can have access to plant care info and updates. Your team members can choose to receive text reminders to care for their plants–no more marking the calendar to remember when to water! If anyone has any questions, the gnome coach can be easily reached via text to answer it. We make it simple for everyone to be able to enjoy the calming and focusing aura of a desk plant. Simply contact us to fill out our Plant Match survey to get started!