Resident green thumb Jeremy Sproull

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Great music and a high volume of plants – how to keep staff happy

Happy people make for a happy workplace and greater productivity.

That’s a fact, according to the latest research where lab tests from the University of Warwick in the UK, found happiness increased productivity by 12%.

Now we all know, again thanks to research, that music makes you happy and extensive studies including from NASA, show houseplants are good for your health.

It’s no surprise as a music company Nightlife has a team of experts keeping the tunes coming all day, every day.

What’s unusual, we also have an in-house plant expert.

Jeremy Sproull is not only one of Nightlife’s key business development managers responsible for servicing our growing accommodation and cruise line sectors, but he’s also the key to growing our greenery.

With a small side project and his own loyal following on social media he has some tips on how to care for and incorporate plants into the workplace to boost the health benefits for staff and productivity levels for the business.

What are the benefits for staff health, happiness and productivity?

It’s not just a visual boost that plants offer, but they also have an audible impact. Working with music we know how important acoustics are and plants help absorb noise, which is great for us in an open-plan environment.

We don’t have a lot of natural light in some departments, so the foliage makes a difference there and of course, there is all the science that points to cleaner air, stress reduction and decreased sick leave.

What are the best plants for offices and why?

Peace lily

You always need to consider the seasons, especially in Queensland where we are based, as plants require more care in the hotter summer months.

I would recommend peace lilys because of their low maintenance and ability to adapt – along with being able to withstand a weekend of no one in the office (particularly over summer).

Another favourite plant is the fiddle leaf fig however, these can be a little harder to look after, again particularly through summer.

And consider where they are going. We have some larger plants for the floor and smaller desktop pots.

Fiddle leaf fig

How do you care for them?

The whole team is responsible for taking care of them and this provides a level of ownership.

We also water them before the weekend when no one is in the office, the main thing is not to overwater them. You don’t want plants to die but equally important you don’t want water spilling on to your desk where the computer and other electricals are.

I also take them all home for some extra care once a quarter to fertilise and re-pot if needed so having someone with a bit more knowledge and experience is handy.

How many do you need?

Each staff member should have a plant in line of sight. We have 120 staff so we have approximately 60 plants in the office.

It can be expensive, so cheap pots and plants are just as good; the main thing is to have them.

Oh and great music too!


You can find (and follow) Jeremy and his tips here:

Instagram  @jezsgarden

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