When it comes to commercial engineering, it’s useful to keep in mind how people will be using the space once the project is completed. When planning commercial projects and renovations, employers need to offer spaces that accommodate trends that inspire retention and production, such as sustainability and eco-friendliness. Considerations can include window placement, ventilation systems and lighting. Keeping this is mind allows for a comprehensive overall plan.
Once a project is completed, employees will want to take steps to make their cubicles comfortable and more personal, and getting plants is an easy way to do so. Not only does foliage liven up an office and improve air quality (plants can help filter out pollutants and chemicals), but research from the University of Queensland found that office landscaping makes employees happier and increases productivity by 15 percent. The results of this study show that having plants creates a workplace that is more comfortable, enjoyable and profitable.
With the continuous conversation surrounding the benefits of sustainability and green building, it makes sense to include some greenery in an office space or cubicle to further the benefits of being eco-friendly. But in an office filled with cubicles, it can be challenging to keep plants alive. Before making plant decisions, you should consider the office design and construction in order to achieve the most success.
Choose the right plants
First, you need to choose plants suited to a cubicle environment. Consider the design of the space, where the windows are (for natural sunlight) and what sort of additional lighting is provided. This will dictate what types of plants will thrive in your business’s cubicles. Heartier, longer-living plants that don’t necessarily require direct sunlight – such as maidenhair fern, begonia and jade plants – make good options.
Give plants room to grow
Another consideration is how much extra space each cubicle has for additional décor items. Purchasing younger plants means they will continue to grow and will need to be repotted from time to time. This keeps them from becoming stunted, which can affect their lifespan. The size of each cubicle will dictate how big of a plant makes sense in the space. And, of course, don’t forget to water your plants!
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