Although studies over the years have concluded that plants in the workplace will increase productivity, new research has the statistics to prove it. When plants were added to Spartan-type offices, productivity increased by 15%.
This new study was the first to test the idea in real offices. It was conducted by researchers from the University of Queensland, Cardiff University, the University of Exeter and the University of Groningen.
According to Professor Alex Haslam – one of the study’s coauthors – the study challenges modern business ideas that a lean office is a more productive one. He was quoted in the UQ News as saying, “Modern offices and desks have been stripped back to create sparse spaces - our findings question this widespread theory that less is more – sometimes less is just less.”
You can read more here: http://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2014/09/leafy-green-better-lean