Here at Benholm we are passionate about the benefits of office plants for your business, but without investing in regular office plant maintenance you won't continue to enjoy these benefits for long.
The quality and effectiveness of that maintenance will depend on which company you choose, however the difference in the cost per planter of poor quality maintenance versus good quality maintenance is virtually nothing – it could be only pence. Most companies charge very similarly for the service but the end result (or rather the ongoing result) can often be poles apart. It is often related to how the supplier trains, manages and motivates their maintenance team.
High quality maintenance produces plants which look attractive, vibrant, healthy and thriving and this has been proved to have a positive effect on staff and visitors. Conversely, poor maintenance will result in unhealthy plants that will provide a negative effect which is damaging to staff morale, motivation and productivity.
Assess the quality of your service - 10 point checklist
Is the provider of your existing office plant maintenance up to scratch? Ask yourself these ten questions to find out:
Does the plant look as good as when it was first installed?
If it has been replaced, is the replacement of a similar style and size?
Is it pruned regularly or has it been allowed to grow straggly?
Does it have an attractive, balanced shape?
Is the plant growing out of the centre of the container?
Does it have a healthy appearance with lush green leaves?
Are there any brown or obviously cut leaf ends?
Are the leaves dusty?
Is the container clean, undamaged and of a suitable style and colour for the location?
Is the compost or top dressing level with the top lip of the container?
If you have any questions or concerns about the quality of your office plant maintenance and would like to see how much better your plants could look, please contact us for a free assessment and no-obligation quotation - Call us on Freephone 08000 724 723
Choose Benholm - Continue Enjoying these Benefits
A report conducted by the Work Foundation found that absenteeism costs the UK economy £13bn every single year, with unmotivated employees three times more likely to call in sick than their motivated colleagues - and four times more likely to quit. The same study estimates that improvements to employee engagement could increase company profits by £2,700 per employee, per year - and office plants are a great way to achieve this.
A study conducted by New University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in 2010 found that office plants can reduce a number of factors related to demotivation, including:
Tension and anxiety reduced by 37%;
Depression and dejection reduced by 58%;
Anger and hostility reduced by 44%;
Fatigue reduced by 38%
"This study shows that just one plant per work space can provide a very large lift to staff spirits, and so promote wellbeing and performance."The Positive Effects of Office Plants, New University of Technology Sydney (2010)
A more relaxed workforce is a more productive workforce, so it follows that the ways office plants reduce stress also help to increase productivity, however their presence has also been shown to improve cognitive tasks, concentration and focus. Furthermore, numerous studies have shown that fewer mistakes are made and that tasks are completed faster in environments where plants are present.
Productivity has been shown to increase by 10-15% for those employees working with computers.
Reduce Sickness & Absenteeism
Over 28 million working days were lost in 2013/14 due to work-related ill-health - that's more than 77,500 years of work. Office plants have been reported to reduce employee absenteeism by an incredible 50%, and reduce minor illness by 30%. Office plants can even reduce dry skin by 20%, helping you look as well as feel healthier.
Fewer absentees will help to boost productivity and reduce your share of the £14.2 billion that is lost to employee illness each year.
Clean the Air
A study conducted by NASA found that plants remove a number of harmful and toxic agents from the air - including benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene - helping to reduce the effects of sick building syndrome.
A ratio of one plant per three employees can be enough to improve office air quality, reducing CO2 by 50% as well as instigating a reduction in dust, bacteria and mould levels.
They can even act as an alternative to air conditioning, helping to reduce your overheads, while air humidity can also be kept at a higher level. Check out 15 plants that help improve air quality in your home and this article on indoor air purifying plants.
Here at Benholm we really can't recommend our office plant maintenance service highly enough. Putting into practice years of experience and a wide breadth of knowledge about how best to look after your plants, our team can deliver an exceptional service for your business.