4 Simple Ideas to Elevate the Office Mood this Winter

1.  The outdoors is key to knowing how to beat the winter blues

Winter doesn’t have to be a time for dull colours, stuffy offices or tedious tasks.

Our first simple idea to elevate the office mood this winter is integrating the great outdoors into your workplace.

Venturing outside can be a great way to boost your mood and get your daily dose of Vitamin D. One easy way to ensure everyone gets outside at some point in the day is to incorporate walk meetings into your work.

Walk meetings are exactly what they sound like. If you have a casual meeting on your agenda, try taking the meeting outside and go for a walk through the local streets or to a nearby park.

Carving time into your work schedule to secure fresh air and a bit of exercise doesn’t have to be inconvenient. In fact, it can even be productive: a recent Stanford study demonstrated a link between walking and creativity.

Plus, walking meetings are a great way to get your fixture of the elusive winter sunshine.

Despite the fact that nature improves creativity and boosts our mood, we can’t practically take all of our work outside. So why not take the outside into your work?

2.  Incorporate some greenery into your office with the best indoor plants for winter

Office plants are another simple way to boost the office mood, however the low humidity of winter can prove to be a struggle for many plants.

Luckily, there are a number of great indoor plants that can thrive during the winter months without demanding too much time-consuming care. Here are some of our favourite plants for winter colour schemes and colder temperatures:

Sansevieria Hahnii

The sansevieria hahnii is an extremely low maintenance semi succulent that is ideal for the indoors. What’s truly unique about this small plant is that it can help filter indoor air, converting carbon dioxide into oxygen during the night. The sansevieria hahnii prefers bright, indirect light – but if your desk is located in a particularly sunny spot, it can also tolerate some direct sunlight. As a particularly adaptable plant, the sansevieria hahnii can grow well (albeit more slowly) in shady corners and other low-light areas within your office.

Pothos

Pothos (or devil’s ivy) is a famously hardy breed of indoor plant. They’re also one of the most eye-catching, with their trailing vines that are ideal for hanging from an office shelf or desk. In fact, Pothos are so adaptive to their surroundings they don’t just trail: they can also climb up walls or other surfaces. The versatile and luscious leaves of a pothos vine are perfect for brightening up an office during winter.

Living wall art

Who said art can’t be alive? An indoor living wall art is a creative wall mural that makes for a striking centrepiece in an office throughout the seasons. Plant wall decor offers both oxygen and beauty into your office: two things that we desperately need during winter. They’re also easy to maintain and don’t require electricity or a water pump to be installed.

 

3.  Purify your office’s air with our top 5 plants for increasing oxygen

Did you know that colder temperatures decrease oxygen levels? To compensate for the lack of oxygen in the air during winter, try introducing some indoor plants into your office to boost oxygen levels and brighten the place up. Here are the top 5 plants for increasing oxygen that are ideal for offices:

Snake Plant

As a striped foliage plant, the snake plant is a striking indoor plant for offices with its bold and upright leaves that stand between 1-3 feet tall. Find a nice sunny corner in your office or a meeting room with indirect light and make a mental note to find a snake plant to sit there. Snake plants are incredibly hardy and can easily survive the low light conditions of winter.

Spider Plant

Keeping in with the animal-theme of the snake plant, the spider plant also makes a fantastic companion during the winter months. Spider plants also help to purify the surrounding air quality, and particularly thrive when away from excessive heat – making them excellent plants for the wintertime.

Peace Lily

The peace lily is a particularly stunning plant with elegant, white flowers that have bolstered it to the status of an office favourite in many workplaces. They’re easy to care for throughout any time of the year, and help to filter out any impurities from the air like formaldehyde, benzene and xylene.

Philodendron Birkin

Philodendron Birkins are identifiable by their round, deep green leaves with vivid pinstripes flowing towards a mildly pointed tip. As a newcomer on the indoor plant scene, this man-made Philodendron plant was named after the elusive Birkin line of Hermès designer bags. Luckily, you don’t have to be a VIP to secure the plant version of this designer bag. Looking after a Philodendron Birkin is relatively easy, and they don’t require nearly as much care as a Birkin bag (at least we assume).

Weeping Fig

Despite their name, weeping figs are responsible for making many office workers around the globe feel happy, productive and creative. Weeping figs are comparatively a more complex plant to care for. But if you’re an avid gardener, then you’ll meet the challenge gladly. And the results are definitely worth the additional care: the tall weeping fig is truly a grand statement piece for any office. They’re also famous for generating large amounts of oxygen throughout the night.

4. Corporate flower arrangements

Do you have an upcoming business event or interested in sprucing up your office foyer? Corporate flower arrangements are a simple way to turn any office into a classic and elegant space, no matter the occasion.

When coming up with corporate flower arrangement ideas, it’s recommended that you match the flowers to the colours present within your office’s interior design or wall mural. This will help solidify a coherent motif within your office.

If your office doesn’t have any statement colours, then consider incorporating a bright and colourful flower arrangement to brighten the place up.

Don’t be afraid to take full advantage of the foliage within a flower arrangement. Too many flowers within an arrangement can result in a jarring end product. For a particularly polished final result, position your foliage and your finer, secondary coloured flowers in a manner that draws the viewer’s eye to the arrangement’s focal point (i.e. the most noticeable flower).

As always, the most important aspect of a corporate flower arrangement is ensuring that the flowers are fresh and locally sourced. That way, you can be sure your office will enjoy the arrangement for as long as possible.

Improve your office mood this winter with indoor plants & corporate flower arrangements

The Plant Man offers specialist plant caring services that allow you to enjoy the benefits of working in a green space without taking time out of your busy schedule to care for them. Our experts ensure that each plant receives the exact care it needs to thrive, no matter whether that includes watering, pruning, repotting or fertilising.

To transform your office into a plant haven this winter or learn more about our corporate flower arrangement ideas, get in touch with our team today about our indoor plant hire in Sydney.