5 Best Office Plants for Employee Wellbeing

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Placing indoor office plants where you work can help soften the utilitarian look of your office and bring a peaceful touch of the outside world to your daily routine. But plants for the office aren’t just for looks; they can also help buffer noises, increase employee productivity and even reduce job stress.

Another health benefit of indoor office plants may surprise you — some plants can actually remove harmful chemicals from the air, improving indoor air quality.

Unhealthy Office Air

You don’t have to work in a chemical factory to be exposed to harmful chemicals. In fact, indoor air pollution may be more than 100 times worse than the air outside, according to a World Health Organization study.

In an office environment, photocopiers, printers, plastics, solvents and even carpeting contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as toluene, benzene and formaldehyde. “Off-gassing” is the process by which these chemicals are released into the air. When you breathe this contaminated air, you may experience numerous symptoms, including headaches, dizziness and nausea.

Best Plants for the Office for Employee Wellbeing

The best plants for the office for cleaning the air in your office are called the “five super ornamentals” by the University of Georgia. Although other plants also have the ability to remove harmful chemicals from the air, research showed these five plants produced superior results with the highest rates of contaminant removal:

 

  1. Purple waffle plant (Hemigraphis alternata)
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  2. English ivy (Hedera helix)
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  3. Variegated wax plant (Hoya cornosa)
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  4. Asparagus fern (Asparagus densiflorus)
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  5. Purple heart plant (Tradescantia pallida)
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Plant Maintenance Tips

  • Plant an upright plant, such as the asparagus plant, in the center of a pot with a trailing plant, such as English ivy, around the edges of the pot.
  • Combine several plants that have different colors, textures and sizes in a single pot.
  • For maximum effectiveness, place at least two 10- to 12-inch potted plants per 100 square feet of your office.
  • Don’t overwater indoor office plants, because that could cause a secondary health problem — mold.

Surround yourself by nature’s air purifier — green office plants — and breathe healthier while you’re at work. Call the professionals at Plant Interscapes with any questions you have about plants for your office.

Check out this beautiful plant design, Green Living Walls, in this free Green Living Wall guide.

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Top Commercial Christmas Decorations

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Christmas decorating for commercial businesses, hotels, and offices is huge task to say the least. For these larger spaces, it only makes sense for a professional decorating team to do the job. A commercial decorator has access to the tools and supplies needed to add the beauty and cheer of the holiday season to a business.

This is a sure way to attract more customers, brighten the mood for employees, and create an overall feeling of joy at this magical time of year.

When decorating in a commercial space there are some commercial Christmas decorations that are essential in creating the festive feeling of the season.

Commercial Christmas Decorations

Christmas Trees

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Christmas Trees are the number one decoration that is almost always expected during the holidays. Trees of all sizes adorned with lovely ornaments in many bright colors or beautiful neutrals like white, silver, and gold are the sign of the season.

Real evergreen or faux pine wreaths are hung on doors, walls, railings, and other open spaces bringing even more of the ever popular look of evergreens inside. Often times, wreaths are sprinkled with ornaments or bows simply adding to the charm of this decoration.

Outdoor Christmas Lights

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Lights are a top choice for commercial Christmas decorations. The twinkle and glow of lights create the magical feeling you want to have during the holiday season. Lights usually fill Christmas trees bringing them to life. Lights can also be hung on wreaths, railings, and around doorways.

Learn about the benefits of LED lighting for the holidays.

Other Commercial Christmas Decorations

Garlands of different kinds are hung along stair railings, over doorways, windows, and around the perimeter of a room.  Garlands can be made of evergreen, festive fruits and berries, shiny ornaments, and other items.

Beautiful bows in pretty seasonal colors add a lovely touch to holiday décor. They can be hung on trees, wreaths, windows, on gift boxes, and anywhere that needs that extra touch of Christmas cheer.  Bows can be small and simple or grand and fancy.

Holiday floral and berries are a wonderful additions to any commercial Christmas decorations. Arrangements with wintry colored flowers and berries are often set on tables, desks, in baskets, and large planters near doorways. Poinsettias are a popular flower during the holidays and are quite lovely.

You cannot go wrong by adding some of these top commercial Christmas decorations to a business place. Hiring a commercial decorating team to do it for you will make your holiday season easier and much brighter.

Interested in making an impact this holiday with these commercial Christmas decorations? Download our free idea guide or contact us now.

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Plants in the Office Reduce Stress

 

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If you are looking for a way to increase productivity and reduce stress in your office, plants offer an inexpensive and attractive solution. There are actually many benefits of office plants.

Dr. Leonard Perry, Extension Professor of The University of Vermont, published an article titled, “Plants At Work, Indoors.” In his article, he cites some interesting studies and the results on the benefits of office plants.

  • Plants placed in strategic areas in your office reduce stress by 12%, and plants have a positive effect on an employee’s disposition.
  • Absence dropped by 14% when an attractive display of greenery was placed in the work environment.
  • Offices with plants have 60% less mold than offices without plants.

Other benefits of office plants include their ability to absorb toxins released into the air by carpets and other office building offenders, and plants reduce blood pressure too.

Professor Perry went on to state that researchers from Berkeley found office air quality was the reason for 40% of all sick days. Increasing air quality is one of the benefits of office plants, and just 15 to 20 plants clean up air in a 1,500 square foot area.

Additional benefits of office plants are noise reduction, while raising perception, and when plants are placed in work areas to define space employees are happier and healthier.

According to Plantscape, employees feel more secure when plants are in the office. When the foliage is placed in the an employee’s line of sight, productivity increased and employees were more responsive. Creativity and innovation is increased when employees were exposed to greenery. Plantscape goes on to report that plants reduce fatigue, headache, sore throats and coughs by significant amounts.

Employees feel good when foliage is abundant and placed in strategic areas in the office environment. Plants provide a welcoming ambiance and promote feelings of security and well being. Numerous studies from all over the world prove the results that investing in a well thought out display of live greens is well worth the cost.

Learn more about the benefits of interior plants in Green Living Walls in this free guide.

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Benefits of LED Lighting Part II

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In an effort to help office managers, property managers, and hotel managers prepare for the holidays, we are doing a series on the benefits of LED lighting. Download this free LED Christmas Lights whitepaper, which features the entire series.

Last time, we briefly touched on the benefits of LED lighting for the holidays and how LED lights actually do save you money.

Today, let’s dive in a little deeper into the benefits, so you can really understand why making the investment is so worth it.

Benefits of LED lighting

Energy Consumption

First and foremost, LED bulbs are 90% more efficient and demand 10% of the energy required by incandes- cent bulbs.

Light Emitting Diodes are resistors of electrical current with the byproduct being visible light.

LED’s are far more efficient in their conversion of electricity to visible light because little to no energy is lost in the form of heat.

Because LED bulbs generate little heat in their resistance of electricity, very little power is lost with a much higher percentage going directly into generating light and that is what significantly reduces their electricity demands equating to the low cost of operation.

Longevity & Durability

The longevity of LED light sets come in the form of two factors — their astonishingly long lamp life rating and the inherent durability of how LED light bulbs are constructed.

Perhaps an even greater advantage for cost savings with LED’s beyond their incredible energy efficiency is the length of their lamp life rating or lifespan coupled with the durability their components.

In other words, they don’t burn out and they just don’t break.

Incandescent light bulbs use a fragile filament that heats up and glows to produce light while LED’s use a diode to convert electricity into visible light—hence the name, Light Emitting Diode.

LED’s are solid-state devices encased in plastic with no delicate components they are highly resistant to dam- age caused by vibration which is a leading cause of early bulb failure in incandescent lamps. Because LED bulbs are constructed with epoxy lenses and not glass they are immensely more rigid than incandescent bulbs. Most LED bulb housings are molded directly to the wire strands and are impervious to moisture and resistant to extreme temperatures. They last longer and resist breakage so you will not need to replace them with near the frequency you would of incandescent sets.

Learn about all the benefits of LED lighting in this free whitepaper. Thinking about decorating your commercial space for the holidays? You can also check out this free holiday decorating ideas guide with example of our Seasonscapes line of business.

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Congratulations to our June Green Living Wall Giveaway Winner!

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Congratulations to Tableau Software in Austin, Texas, the winner of our June Green Living Wall Giveaway!

Tableau is among the worlds fastest growing business intelligence companies with breakthrough products that change the way people use and analyze their data in the office and on-the-go.  Their leadership is passionate and dedicated to making Tableau a great place to work, placing a high value on enhancing their office environments.  Tableau believes in their people and understands that the quality and happiness of employees lives directly impact the quality of work they produce.  Their HR team studies hiring trends to optimize their facilities for employee comfort to drive growth–

“It’s not about living to work hard.  It’s about working somewhere great to live well.”

Tableau Software received their free installation of their Green Living Wall and complementary plants.

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We would like to thank everyone who entered!

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Benefits of Hotel Lobby Plants

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Whether for business or pleasure, when travelers arrive at your hotel, you want them to feel calm, relaxed, and welcome. Your staff works hard to give each guest the best experience, but did you know that live plants can also work towards providing exceptional service?

Here’s a look at three benefits of hotel lobby plants.

1. Cleaner Air

A lobby that is flush with fresh, live plants is a sharp contrast to travel-weary guests who have made their way through dirty airports, crowded trains, and harsh city conditions. One of the best benefits of hotel lobby plants is their ability to strip toxins from the air and replace them with oxygen and a fresh scent. Stepping inside your hotel will be a breath of fresh air and your guests will instantly relax and begin to feel at home.

2. Psychological Lift

Traveling can be a stressful activity, even if you’re on vacation or revisiting a favorite destination. A study from the Washington State University found that plants can directly reduce stress levels when used indoors. Other psychological lifts your guests will enjoy are an improved mood and sense of well-being and increased feelings of calm, relaxation, and optimism.

3. Clearer Thinking

Your business travelers may be preoccupied with their work instead of thinking about the benefits of hotel lobby plants, but you can secretly help them achieve better success. Indoor plants and flowers have been shown to improve idea generation, improve memory retention, and boost productivity. They might not know why everything seems to work better when they stay with you, but business travelers will keep coming back to enjoy their professional success.

Happy Guests

The goal of every hotel is to make their guests happy. When you have the right environment combined with excellent staff, you can be sure that your guests will feel great when they choose your accommodations. Live plants will not only make your lobby look inviting and beautiful, but they will also help your guests feel better and work harder so they keep coming back.

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Holiday Decorating Ideas to Attract More People to Malls

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By Brenda Morgan

Malls continue to remain a social shopping experience for young females. In the past several years, shopping malls have taken a big blow because of the increase in Internet shopping, resulting in 40% vacancies or higher across the country.

The good news is when it comes to the holiday season, shoppers, especially young females, still flock the malls.

As a matter of fact, almost 65% in a survey done by Teen Vogue said they would do the majority of their holiday shopping in-store compared with 35% who said they would shop mostly online.

The main reason: Young women want to see and feel the products they are purchasing and they like a place to hang out with friends and family.

There is a larger experience that these young women get by going to the mall – the food court, entertainment and all of the bells and whistles that make holiday shopping cheery and delightful. They look forward to their holiday shopping trips because they like to look at the holiday decorations — the trees, wreaths, lights, special elements and even Santa!

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They love music playing and many times that music will be playing to a light show by a fully decorated holiday tree.

They have holiday shopping bags with snowflakes, listen to bands playing holiday music and engage in special holiday activities the malls have planned.

What is most important is they get to buy the experience of celebrating winter coziness and feeling of affinity for loved ones during what some dream the most wonderful time of the year.

Retailers are investing more time and thought into creating holiday experiences to draw more people into their malls. This is done by utilizing the talent of specially trained commercial holiday décor designers to help create the best theme that will draw upon that market segment.

Holiday décor is what attracts people to a shopping center and many malls and centers are looking for a display that people will remember and talk about.  This continues to become more important as shopping centers face heightened competition for holiday shoppers from other centers, catalogs and internet.

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The holiday décor your select is proven to affect both traffic and sales.

One of the most tangible ways to track consumer response to a center’s seasonal décor is through the volume of photo sales in the Santa shop. Centers that introduce a new décor after a few years with the same decorations often see an increase in their Santa visits by as much as 17% -25%.

Exterior options for seasonal décor play as big a role as interior. Because many centers don’t have the same common area space, they utilize just about every option, such as rooftops, light poles, marquee signs, banner signs, main entry elements, animation, oversized décor as well as music.

So as you are looking into your holiday décor, let us help you design a program that is the magic for the kids and the sophistication for the adults to put them in the holiday mood. Get holiday decorating ideas in this free guide!

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4 Trends in Interior Plant Service

By Caitlin Doyle

If you flip through any design magazine today you will surely notice a new greener trend — PLANTS!

If you’re looking to add this trendy design element to your space, here are a few tips on how to incorporate these top trending interiorscape elements into your own space.

Green Living Walls

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Green living walls have become a major trend in the last year, and we expect to see even more of them, especially in corporate settings. A green wall is not only beautiful but will also reduce noise, purify the air and can help reduce your energy costs!

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You will see that green living walls are popping up in hotels, restaurants, retail spaces and corporate offices because they are a relatively inexpensive and make a major impact.

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Green living walls range in shape and size from a small plant portrait to whole walls.

Succulents

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On the tables, in the windowsills or terrariums, succulents are everywhere. The luscious plants are nothing new, but their prevalence seems to be on trend in mass plantings, floral arrangements or just hanging out by themselves in a cool container.

Succulents come in a large variety of shapes, colors and textures. Use these in your space by mixing a variety of these trendy plants. They can be used in rustic and modern locations alike. You will see succulents hanging out in everything from sleek modern planters to rustic pottery or metal containers.

Monochromatic Color Scheme

One of the most recent trends in Interiorscapes is the use of monochromatic containers.  You will see this trend used in a modern office or boutique hotel.

A white container against a white wall allows the plants to speak for themselves and brings more attention to the form of the container instead of the color, but white is not the only color this works for. We are also seeing the use of black, grey and rich golden browns.

This trend pairs best with unique plant varieties. Think unique textures and forms, such as the large leaf of a Ficus Lyrata or the interesting trunk of the Open Weave Marginata.

Repetition of Plant Variety

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Repetition may not sound like a very interesting design trend, but it creates a very dramatic statement when done correctly.  When used in mass, the same variety of plant creates a cohesive modern design. This can be accomplished by utilizing the same variety in multiple containers throughout your space or you can also get the same effect by repeating the same plant in just a single planter.

For an ultra-modern look, use different varieties of Sansevieria.  Sansevieria are low maintenance plants that can also handle very low light. This type of design is typically used for in spaces very modern and high-end spaces.

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Introduction: Benefits of LED Lighting

In an effort to help office managers, property managers, and hotel managers prepare for the holidays, we are doing a series on the benefits of LED lighting. Download this free LED Christmas Lights whitepaper, which features the entire series.

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To be an effective manager, you know how important it is to plan ahead so you can make efficient decisions on behalf of your workplace, benefiting your customers and employees.

Now is the time to prepare for the holidays and start gathering holiday decorating ideas for your workplace. This will ensure you enhance your environment and wow your customers, all while being cost-effective.

Holiday lighting is a popular way to make an impact this holiday season, but the mere thought of digging the ole Christmas lights out of the garage and preparing them for their important yet seasonally temporary appearance causes the most jolly of us to turn into Grinch or Scrooge!

If you’re like me, it’s because no matter how many light sets you untangled, bulbs replaced, wires spliced or fuses swapped last season, you know you will be lucky if half of them want to light up without some serious tinkering.

Tinker no more—technology has afforded us some holiday cheer in the form of the LED Christmas Lights!

Commercial holiday decorators have been well informed of the numerous benefits LED light sets provide and the demand from the general consumer is starting to gain popularity as more people are realizing their many benefits.

When LED christmas lights first hit the market they were met with some valid resistance–namely the cool white (or should we say blue) hue of the white LED lamp. The fact is this ‘pure’ white is actually more true to the color white than what consumers wanted.

Enter the Warm White LED. LED technology has come a long way in recent years and manufacturers are now able to duplicate the warm glow of an incandescent filament with a light emitting diode.

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LED Christmas lights consume far less electricity than standard incandescent bulbs, but the benefits don’t stop there.

We all know that LED bulbs can save you money on your electric bill by using less energy but the question still remains, do the long-term savings justify the upfront cost of LED light sets?

The answer is a resounding YES! The long-term cost savings of LED bulbs over their incandescent counterparts can be realized for two key reasons that make LED light sets outshine all others—energy consumption and rated lamp life.

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Holiday Decorating Ideas for Your Workplace

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Decking the halls for the holidays in an office or workplace can be a challenging task. It’s a time of year when people from different backgrounds come together to celebrate for various reasons. And decorating for the holidays can seem expensive and unnecessary.

But in the end, it is a time to celebrate, and it’s a great way to show your employees appreciation by making your workplace festive. In addition, you can really enhance your environment with the right holiday décor, attracting new business.

It’s easy to overdo festive decor with DIY sparkly glitz that may be tacky and not pleasing for your customers and employees.

Here are a few professional holiday decorating ideas for creating a pleasant and cheerful holiday atmosphere.

Lighten things up. This is one holiday office decorating idea that you won’t want to skip. Lighting in any space can change the mood and lift spirits. Stringing up some twinkly white or colored lights is the perfect way to add cheer and offer a brighter feeling throughout the work day. Avoiding blinking lights is best to keep from causing any unnecessary distractions. Making sure that electric lights are plugged safely and cords are kept out of the way will keep your holiday office decorating safe and accident free.

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Bring some nature inside. One thing that is guaranteed to instantly create a festive feeling is the look and smell of fresh pine. Beautiful touches from the outdoors of fresh pine garlands, wreaths, small potted pine trees, poinsettias, and holly are a wonderful way for you to bring the simple joy of nature to the office. This is a real treat for the senses!

Colors matter. Choosing the right colors when dazzling up the office can be a tricky thing. Deciding what type of look you are going for is the first step. Sometimes it’s safer to choose lovely neutrals such as gold, silver, and white to keep the decor from becoming too bright and distracting, but if you and your employees enjoy the colorful touches then go for it! A few colored balls or ornaments can be a fun touch.

Don’t forget the goodies. These are a few holiday office decorating ideas that employees will surely appreciate. Tasty treats are a holiday favorite. A bowl or two filled with special candies sitting around the office will be welcomed by most. A basket of fresh fruits like apples, oranges, and pears would also be a nice, healthy treat option. These special goodies are not only pleasant to the palate, but also visually appealing.

These holiday decorating ideas are sure to assist you in creating festive cheer at your workplace.

Get more holiday decorating ideas in our 2015 Design Collections Book. Find unique ideas and trends that will spark your imagination.

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