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Bringing Greenery into the Modern Office: A Guide to Creating a Plant-Friendly Workspace

As hybrid work becomes the norm, many companies are rethinking their office designs to better accommodate this new way of working. This transformation is essential for creating environments that support both in-office and remote work, enhancing productivity and comfort for all employees.

The Need for a Refresh

With hybrid schedules becoming common, traditional office spaces often need updates to meet new business objectives. Spaces designed years ago may no longer support the flexibility and technological requirements of today’s hybrid work model. Updating these spaces is crucial to ensure they remain functional and conducive to modern work practices.

Key Changes and Innovations

Choosing the Right Plants for Your Space

Selecting the right plants is the first step toward a greener office. Consider the lighting conditions, humidity levels, and space available in your office. Some of the best plants for office environments include:

  • Snake Plant (Sansevieria): Known for its hardiness and ability to thrive in low light.
  • Pothos (Epipremnum aureum): A versatile plant that can grow in various conditions and is great for hanging baskets.

Incorporating Plants into Your Office Layout

Integrating plants into your office layout can be both functional and stylish. Here are some ideas:

  • Desk Plants: Small plants like succulents or cacti are perfect for desks, adding a touch of green without taking up too much space.
  • Hanging Plants: Use ceiling hooks or wall-mounted planters to hang plants, which saves floor space and adds visual interest.
  • Plant Walls: Vertical gardens or living walls can be a striking feature in any office, providing a lush backdrop and improving air quality.

Caring for Office Plants

Keeping your office plants healthy and vibrant requires some attention and care:

  • Watering: Different plants have different watering needs. Generally, it’s better to underwater than overwater. Check the soil moisture regularly and water accordingly.
  • Light: Ensure that plants get the appropriate amount of light. If natural light is limited, consider using grow lights.
  • Humidity: Some office environments can be quite dry, especially with air conditioning. Use a spray bottle to mist plants that require higher humidity.
  • Maintenance: Regularly dust leaves, trim dead foliage, and rotate plants to ensure even growth.
Expert Insights

Caren Foster, principal at the design firm Moody Nolan, emphasizes the trend towards providing employees with more choice and control over their workspaces. Modern office designs reflect this by offering varied environments tailored to different work styles, from quiet focus rooms to vibrant social areas. This flexibility is key to supporting diverse work preferences and enhancing overall productivity.

 

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