How To Bring Employees Back into the Office After COVID 

As we learn to navigate post-COVID life, many employers are rebuilding the attendance structure of their businesses to maximize efficiency. According to a Gallup poll in June 2022, three in ten U.S. workers are fully remote, and it is expected that about 55% of employees will be working hybrid schedules (combination of remote and in-office) by the end of 2022. With so much of the workforce having transitioned to work-from-home during the pandemic, it can be difficult to persuade workers to return to a brick-and-mortar location. Many companies are looking to offer incentives to draw employees back into the office, from break room upgrades to expanding workplace culture and more. One of the most popular and effective of these enticements is adding plants to the workplace to create a more welcoming environment.  

Why Plants Make People Happy 

In this day and age we are constantly surrounded by technology. Often when working in an office you may not spend much time, if any, outdoors. You may not even have windows to look outside! When swimming through a sea of cubicles and conference rooms, it’s easy to feel disconnected from the world. Plants placed throughout a workspace can help bridge this gap by creating a more comforting, natural environment for employees. Many studies throughout the years, from institutions including the University of Michigan for example, have proven that the presence of plants decreases stress, increases productivity, and even increases memory retention. Not only do plants look good on a desk or in the office window, but they tend to have a positive effect on employees’ mindset and performance.  

How to Maximize Your Results 

Once you’ve decided to liven up your office with some beautiful foliage, the possibilities can seem overwhelming. You want to make sure that in addition to your employees enjoying the pleasing aesthetic that office plants can provide, the whole office benefits from the calming scenery. No need to stress! Our experienced professionals will walk you through the options to guarantee that you not only have plants that start out as beautiful, but that you have plants that will thrive in your space. There are many options for plant design and décor so that you can be sure the plants will fit your office’s specific style. Even after you receive your plants, there are many ways to ensure you’re getting the most out of the advantages that greenery can offer your workplace. Our trained technicians will regularly visit your office to make certain that your plants are healthy and to provide any care they may need (including watering and pruning). There are often even options available to add holiday decorations and festive seasonal plants to your space! The possibilities to amplify the benefits that plants can provide your office are nearly endless.  

Providing a more welcoming, comforting work-space can be a great tool to help entice your employees to return to the office. In combination with other accommodations, you can create a job environment that boosts productivity while also helping your workers balance stress and the adjustment of returning to the office. Our experienced staff are ready to help you create and maintain a warm, green environment to welcome back hybrid and remote employees. Give us a call today to find out how we can help you encourage your workers to return to the office!  

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