Monday, April 24, 2017

5 Positive Effects Of Flowers On Corporate Health and Wellness

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By Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam

Flower arrangements are often sought for their subtle yet transformative powers. Place a bunch of roses on a hospital table and feel the colors brighten the room. Place a bouquet on an office desk the aesthetics of the work environment is suddenly improved.

In the realm of corporate health and wellness, flowers have had groundbreaking effects. Flowers are popular for their aesthetic appeal, but they are beneficial in the workplace in other less known ways. Wellness experts now recommend flowers in office buildings as a strategy for reducing health care expenses and boosting productivity. Here are five ways flowers can profoundly improve on corporate health and wellness.

  1. Soothing With Their Beauty

Flowers are without doubt, one of the most beautiful gifts on earth. Theirs is a kind of beauty that boosts mental health in a surprising way. Studies have shown that flowers and plants help patients cope better with stress, pains and fear. Wellness strategists often recommend corporate flowers on office desks and potted flowers in strategic locations of office buildings. This is because flowers are generally known to beautify office buildings in a manner that is calming and relaxing to inhabitants. Employees who work in office buildings with flowers have better physical and mental health than those who do not.
2. Brightens The Mood
    Regular exercises are wonderful mood enhancers. Corporate wellness experts often recommend office stretches and walks to prevent workplace injury and improve the mood. Flowers do a great job of improving employee mood. A study conducted by Wageningen University showed that restaurant guests who had a bouquet of fresh flowers on their desks were in better moods than those who did not. This also rings true for employees who have flower arrangements on their office desks or in their offices. The general mood is positive and happy. It has been proven that employees who work in such environments are healthier and more productive.
    3. Communicates The Right Message
      Flowers have always been an effective mode of communication. Whether it’s an apology, a request, a condolence, an overture or a note of appreciation, flowers are apt message bearers. In corporate organizations, flowers are a safe and respectful way to communicate appreciation to a team member and even romantic interest. Employees often send anniversary flowers to their employer at the start of the new business calendar. Flower arrangements help team members bond in a meaningful way. This means that they are likely to trust and support each other in the office environment. Stress levels will reduce as a result of this and employees will remain strong and healthy enough to work.
      4. Boosts Creativity
        It is no secret that happy employees are generally more creative. Corporate wellness strategists often recommend that office designs include flower arrangements as nature tends to have a calming effect on employees. Such work environments experience a boost in creativity, critical thinking, as well as problem-solving skills. General mental health is also enhanced as a result of flowers and plants.
        5. Improves Air Quality
          The scents and perfumes of flowers are alluring, not only to bees and butterflies, but to humans. The natural perfume emitted by flowers uplifts the spirit just as they purify the air. Flowers and plants aid in air circulation by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen into the office environment. They also increase the amount of moisture in the workspace and absorb some allergens. Employees are healthier when their workspaces contain flowers and plants.
          Flowers and plants clearly play a huge role in enhancing employee health and reducing corporate healthcare and wellness expenditures. As a great investment, they guarantee the future growth of the corporation.  Why not invest in flowers, today?

          Bio: Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam writes creative non-fiction and prose fiction. Her works have appeared in Romance Meets Life, Flash Fiction Press, MTLS, Saraba Magazine, Sentinel Magazine and others. Her first novel, Finding Love Again, was published by Ankara Press. She owns and manages

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