The presence of natural elements in an office, such as plants and sunlight, has a noticeable positive effect on workers productivity, a new study has found.

Almost half of all global employees (47%) said they have no natural light in their workplace, and 58% said they have no plants in sight either. Within a study carried out by Dr Chris Knight of Exeter university concluded that an addition of engaging surroundings (plants, pictures, changes in light) employees productivity grew by 15% or more. He goes on to explain:

“If you put an ant into a ‘lean’ jam jar, or a gorilla in a zoo into a ‘lean’ cage – they’re miserable beasties,” he said. People in “lean” offices are no different, he added.

“What was important was that everybody could see a plant from their desk. If you are working in an environment where there’s something to get you psychologically engaged you are happier and you work better,” Knight said.

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The Guardian