Did you know that flowers in the workplace can impact productivity? Our florists here at Belle Fiori aren’t surprised. As “flower people,” we know that we certainly feel better and more productive in our daily lives when surrounded by our favorite flowers or plants, but now, there is even scientific evidence to back it up.
‘In 2003, the Society of American Florists partnered with an internationally recognized research team at Texas A&M University to learn how flowers and plants in the workplace impact productivity and problem solving. The exciting results of this groundbreaking study:
- Problem-solving skills, idea generation and creative performance improve substantially in workplace environments that include flowers and plants.
- Specifically, both men and women who work in environments with flowers and plants demonstrate more innovative thinking as compared to environments with sculpture or no decorative objects.
- Men who participated in the study generated 30 percent more ideas when working in environments with flowers and plants than ones without.
- While men generate a greater abundance of ideas, the research shows that women generate more creative, flexible solutions to problems in workplace environments with flowers and plants.
As a result, flowers and plants prove to be natural additions to any work environment.
Roger Ulrich, Ph.D.”The research shows that flowers and plants can be important in the most meaningful way to businesses in the modern economy,” says Roger Ulrich, Ph.D., behavioral scientist and the study’s lead researcher. “Productivity, in the form of innovation and creative problem solving, can mean the difference between mild and great success.”‘
We think that’s pretty cool, not only because it gives us purpose as a business, but also because we should be some of the most productive people around working with flowers all day! But really. We’re over the moon to know that our flowers can brighten people’s moods AND productivity. So, if you’re looking for a gift for a boss or co-worker, consider flowers, your office will be better for it!