It almost seems impossible at times. A doubled-edged sword… a slippery slope, even. How does a good boss keep their staff happy and productive without seeming pushy and domineering? More team building meetings? More time off? What’s the answer?
“Affecting” your staff and pointing them towards an ultimate goal may seem like a difficult undertaking, something that isn’t an obvious answer. But a recent study found that boosting office productivity, at times by nearly 15-percent, wasn’t as treacherous or time-consuming as it seems. In fact, some would even argue that the method isn’t even really fair in terms of attempt.
“Simply enriching a previously [empty] space with plants served to increase productivity by 15-percent.”
Said Marlon Nieuwenhuis, a researcher from Cardiff University’s School of Psychology in the Netherlands. A stark contrast to the old sentiment that less is more in regards to office decoration.
The research found that by simply investing in some greenery to add more of an outdoor, relaxing feel to any office space, resulted in a happier staff that brought with them an increased output and vigor to work hard and get the job done.
Further, in studies done previously to the CU School’s research, it was found that plants can also have a calming effect on staff members who work around them in general. Reducing stress levels and boosting physiological prowess.
In developing a structure that will outlast age-old constructs and shake up arcane thought, researchers are, in a sense, changing the office environment completely.
“Psychologically manipulating real workplaces and real jobs adds new depth to our understanding of what is right and what is wrong with existing workspace design and management,” says study researcher and co-author Dr. Craig Knight. Suggesting that adjusting to fit the needs of your staff by a few simple changes may be the wisest investment you can make.
So while the study may be in the experimental stages, it may also be a great way of adding enough change to increase output. All with a little greenery.
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