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ISHS Acta Horticulturae 775: XXVII International Horticultural Congress - IHC2006: International Symposium on Horticultural Practices and Therapy for Human Well-Being

THE ASSOCIATION BETWEEN INDOOR PLANTS, STRESS, PRODUCTIVITY AND SICK LEAVE IN OFFICE WORKERS

Authors:   T. Bringslimark, G.G. Patil, T. Hartig
Keywords:   people-plant interactions, responses to nature, human issues in horticulture, interior plants, perceived stress, sick leave, productivity
Abstract:
The objective of the present study was to situate the potential benefits of indoor plants in a workplace context. With cross-sectional survey data from 385 Norwegian office employees, we used hierarchical regression analyses to estimate the associations between plants and perceived stress, sick leave and productivity. In the regression models we statistically controlled for gender, age, and physical and psychosocial work¬place factors. After controlling for these variables, the number of indoor plants proximal to the workers 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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