Additional research has once again
shown that there are many benefits of plants 

in the workplace. This particular article focuses on the Green versus Lean office 

The cost of doing business
became more difficult to 
maintain during the hard
economic times. Spending 
cuts were made

nonessential items, such as 
ornamental plants. It was 
believed that a lean office 
free of plants and 

other items that were not 
related to the tasks
at hand 

were not only cost effective, 
but also less distracting for 
employees. Without these distractions, employees could
be focused on business 

operations and productivity would go up.   

However, research has shown that
this belief is not the case. In fact, information 

from Green versus Lean
office space shows that people were more productive 

when their work environment was enriched by office plants. The results show 
employees were more likely to interact,
making it more enjoyable to be at work, 

giving a positive impact on their
satisfaction of the workplace. This feeling of well 

being is conducive to concentration and productivity. As
a matter of fact,
in a 
green workplace less mistakes were made and productivity increased by fifteen 
Just another reason why a green office is the top office!
Dan. “A Leafy Office Is a Happier Office, Study Finds.” Time Inc.
. 1 Sept. 2014. Web. 1 Sept. 2014. 


Marlon; Knight, Craig; Postmes, Tom; Haslam, S. Alexander  “The Relative
Benefits of Green Versus Lean Office Space: Three Field Experiments.” Journal of
Experimental Psychology: Applied © 2014
Vol. 20.No. 3, Sept. 2014, 199-214.