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“Simply enriching a previously Spartan space with plants served to increase productivity by 15 percent” in workers, says Marlon Nieuwenhuis, the lead author of a study conducted by Cardiff University in Wales, as published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology Applied. “Investing in landscaping the office with plants will pay off through an increase in office workers quality of life and productivity.” Co-author Craig Knight, a psychologist at England’s University of Exeter, agrees. “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,” he says. “We are now developing a template for a genuinely smart office.” (RC/NPR) ...Although the benefits from plants may vary in Colorado and Washington.
Original Publication Date: 21 September 2014
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