First of all, don’t worry if you have a pollen allergy because all but one of the plants I mention are without pollinating flowers.
A 2010 study (found here) says:
Just one plant per workspace can provide a very large lift to staff spirits, and so promote wellbeing and performance.
Benefits found were:
- Tension/Anxiety – 37% reduction
- Depression/Dejection – 58% reduction
- Anger/Hostility – 44% reduction
- Fatigue – 38% reduction
Many things were tested to get these results. Something that may have played into part of reducing anger maybe better levels of concentration. The study showed that having plants in the office could even reduce the ambient noise in the room by 5 decibels. Fewer distractions, meaning you can focus more on your work and less on other peoples conversations.
One theory even suggests that being around edible plants (such as berries) can provoke our primal instincts to relax us a little because there is a food source nearby, something our great ancestors would have been anxious about.
Why not try something different with your office and have a moss wall or air plants hanging. These can create the same positive effects as other plants but it can be very different to the standard office plant.
My recommendations would include:
- Spider plants
- Rubber plant
- Peace lily
Cacti and succulents would require plenty of light so place them near a window.
Spider plants, however, can survive in low light conditions. If you don’t have a window nearby, or a window at all, go for one of these.
Peace lilies are known for cleansing the air, a single little plant might not do much on its own, but it will make a difference.