Owner Jolene Mulchay, of The Enchanted Florist in Lismore, believes that flowers increase productivity in the office.
Owner Jolene Mulchay, of The Enchanted Florist in Lismore, believes that flowers increase productivity in the office. CATHY ADAMS

Flower power in the workplace

IN TODAY’S competitive world, it’s more important than ever for businesses to gain the competitive edge.

Changing business conditions, falling consumer confidence and other major factors make it imperative for businesses to implement the right strategies to stay ahead.

More often than not, that edge comes down to ensuring businesses have a happy, creative and productive workforce, but sometimes that’s hard to achieve.

However, according to an eight-month study by Texas A&M University, it can be as simple as putting flowers and plants in the workplace.

“Our research shows that a change as simple as adding flowers and plants can be important in the most meaningful way to businesses in the modern economy,” Dr Roger Ulrich, the projects lead researcher said in a press release.

“People productivity, in the form of innovation and creative problem solving, improved – which in certain circumstances could mean the difference between mild and great business success.”

He said during the study, both women and men with flowers and plants in their workplaces showed more innovative thinking, generating more ideas and original solutions to problems.

It found men generated 15% more ideas, while women generated more creative and flexible solutions.

None of this comes as a surprise to Jolene Mulchay, who purchased Lismore’s The Enchanted Florist ( www.theenchantedflorist.com.au) four years ago.

“Sitting in a grey office surrounded by four walls, isn’t very inspiring,” she said.

“If you have flowers in the office, it’s like bringing the outdoors in and you have all these vibrant colours and lovely aromas.”

She cites other research that has found flowers, and their aromas, encourages the body to produce endorphins that brightens a person’s mood.

The implication is clear; a happy workforce is a productive workforce.



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