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Psychological benefits of indoor plants in workplaces: Putting experimental results into context
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9970-9164
2007 (English)In: Hortscience, ISSN 0018-5345, E-ISSN 2327-9834, Vol. 42, no 3, 581-587 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Laboratory experiments and quasi-experimental field studies have documented beneficial effects of indoor plants on outcomes such as psychophysiological stress, task performance, and symptoms of ill health. Such studies have taken an interest in the value of indoor plants in work settings, but they typically have not considered how the effects of plants might compare with effects of other workplace characteristics. The present study makes an initial attempt to situate the potential benefits of indoor plants in a broader workplace context. With cross-sectional survey data from 385 Norwegian office workers, we used hierarchical regression analyses to estimate the associations that plants and several often-studied workplace factors have with perceived stress, sick leave, and productivity. Other variables included in our models were gender, age, physical workplace factors (e.g., noise, temperature, lighting, air quality), and psychosocial workplace factors (demands, control, social support). After controlling for these variables, the number of indoor plants proximal to a worker's desk had small but statistically reliable associations with sick leave and productivity. Although small, such associations can have substantial practical significance given aggregation over the large number of office workers over time.

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2007. Vol. 42, no 3, 581-587 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-145173ISI: 000246456600172OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-145173DiVA: diva2:395561
Available from: 2011-02-07 Created: 2011-02-07 Last updated: 2016-05-02Bibliographically approved

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