Give your WFH set-up a green make-over.
The pandemic has undoubtedly changed the way we work, with many of us now working remotely so we can stay at home in accordance with lockdown rules. In the world of the ‘new normal’, Zoom meetings, dining table desk set-ups and a commute that stretches no more than a mere few steps are the standard. Whether you prefer this this way of working, or can’t wait to get back to the office, it’s not looking likely that things will be changing any time soon – so how do we stay motivated? At Beards & Daisies, we’re firm believers that plants have the power to boost productivity. Hear us out...
A Nulab survey of remote workers found that 72 per cent of employees are not working from a dedicated office space, whilst 40 per cent do not work from a dedicated desk. Of course, we appreciate there is only so much you can do with the space you have at home, which is why a plant is the accessible answer we can all incorporate into our space. And its benefits will go way beyond the hours of nine to five, too.
Not only do they look pretty, but plants boast some impressive benefits for your mind as well. Research that observed the link between plants and productivity revealed that employees are 15 percent more productive when working in a green office. They’re also huge mood-boosters, can increase creativity and have calming effects – the perfect remedy for feelings of stress after your fourth virtual meeting of the day.
This plant is as close as you’ll get to growing money on trees – perfect if you’re an entrepreneur, self-employed or setting up a side hustle to support yourself financially through this hard times. They Money Tree is considered a symbol of luck, prosperity and positive energy – with the good luck said to be interwoven in the twisted trunks – which is much needed to help you through stressful days. They also purify the air and are safe around cats and dogs, meaning you can work without the worry of any four-legged colleagues becoming sick after nibbling at the leaves.
It’s easy to see why this plant is one of our best-sellers – it’s so easy so care for (you could neglect to water it for a month and it would still be alive), and NASA rates it as one of the best plants for improving air quality, removing toxins such as formaldehyde, ammonia and carbon monoxide from the air. If your working space doesn’t have much natural light, don’t worry, as the Snake Plant can easily handle dark conditions.
If the pressure of the working day has you feeling overwhelmed and anxious, the Peace Lily makes for the perfect deskside de-stresser. The characteristic white blooms of the Peace Lily are said to be how it received its common name, representing the white flags of a ceasefire. It is known for having a calming nature to it, as the name would suggest and according to the Chinese art of Feng Shui, it can also cleanse the energy of a room.