Why invest in Interior Landscaping
This initiative has been started to spread information to government and opinion formers and the media about the reasons why they should invest in interior landscaping.
We started this initiative early in 2011 following the launch of David Cameron’s Big Society plan; reducing absenteeism was a part of this plan and so Tom Palfreyman, Chairman at the time wrote three letters to the government: the first directly to Cameron explaining how plants improve well-being and reduce absenteeism referencing research from a number of academics.
Referred to Iain Duncan-Smith, Tom then rewrote the letter to him who passed Tom onto Lord Freud also of the Department of Work and Pensions. Lord Freud explained he couldn’t find time to meet this year ….
Since then we have responded to the press reports about the happiness index reports about which will be published later this year and a fuller report next year, by sending releases to the media to explain just how plants can help.
We are preparing a comprehensive document explaining the reasons why Interior Landscaping is worth the investment, supporting this with case studies and quotes. As soon as this document is ready, we will publish it here for all to see but we will also send to government agencies and the media in the first instance.
In the meantime we ask members to please support the cause by going to www.dwp.gov.uk/sickness-absence-review where you can follow the link to have your say about how plants will help.
Interior landscaping professionally installed and maintained can add pounds to your business!
• First and foremost plants and flowers in a client’s reception make a good impression. Research conducted in America showed that planting at the entrance of a building add a perception of quality and assurance of the business
• Plants in work areas assure that the well-being of staff is improved (various)
• Absence due to sickness is reduced by as much as 60% (Smith/Lohr). This has an immediate effect on the bottom line – no loss of time or productivity due to absence; no additional costs of temporary cover
• Staff who can see plants from their desks are more likely to remain calm (Bringslimark)
• Whilst just one plant can reduce feelings of negativity, anxiety and depression (Burchett)
• Staff that are less stressed are more productive (Lohr)
• And staff who have some say in the decoration of their workspace i.e. plants and pictures are 32% more productive (Knight)
There is no doubt that plants have a very positive effect on workers in particular but all of us in reality. These particular mentioned points are ones that can all point to saving companies can make by including plants as a necessary part of their decoration and provisions.
Highlighting some of the reasons why it is worth investing in Interior Landscaping, Tom Palfreyman, eFIG Chairman, webinar on the use of plants indoors and how they can be used to improve your business is well worth watching. From health and wellbeing to tangible financial benefits, the value of plants cannot be underestimated - watch the video below to find out more.
This webinar featured as part of Th!nkFM, The Landscape Show and BrightTalk's Green Building Summit.