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  1. 1. How to plant wellness instantly into your workplace.When Susan came back from lunch she complained of something in the office air that wasmaking her feel nauseous. She needed to leave and was unable to return for the rest of theweek. Her absence would prove costly to her organization as their head customer servicerepresentative. Customers would ask for her and she wasnt there. It hurt business.Not an uncommon scenario. For some of us, things like indoor odors, car exhaust, pollutantsor second hand smoke are easily tolerated. Some of us can even dance our way through ahigh risk chemical factory with no after affects. I recall having a neighbor who smoked a packof non filtered cigarettes every day for over 60 years. He passed away not from smoking butfrom a broken heart after losing his wife.But those of us who are hypersensitive? Chemicals, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) canactually become a life threatening issue.There are different degrees of tolerability to pollutants because we all have a unique physical body and a uniquemetabolism. Then theres Sick Building Syndrome, a huge issue. The World Health Organization reported in 1984 that"up to 30% of new and remodeled buildings were causing health hazards for employees."Heres a simple, natural, cost effective way to improve your office environment wellness level. The answer willsurprise you!By introducing plants into your office you can improve your indoor air quality and at the same time impactpsychological health by reducing stress and boosting task performance. Have you tried a "hemigraphis alternata"plant in your office lately? According to lead researcher at the University of Georgia, Stanley Kays, this plant "is oneof the highest rated ornamentals for removing indoor air pollutants." You can download this study which is publishedvia a HortScience search.The paper goes on to suggest "simple decorative indoor plants have the power to effectively remove harmful volatileorganic compounds, or VOCs, from the air. VOCs are emitted by paint, varnishes, adhesives, furnishings, clothing,solvents, building materials, tap water and more." Hard to get away from, no doubt.Share This Taico® :: 67 Patterson Village Ct., Bldg F :: Patterson, NY 12563 :: 845-228-GIFT (4438) :: fax: 845-228-5136 :: info@taico.com © 2012 Taico® Incentive Services Inc.
  2. 2. Chemicals such as benzene, xylene and octane have been connected to cancer and other health problems. The studyconcludes: "Laboratory experiments and quasi-experimental field studies have documented beneficial effects ofindoor plants on outcomes such as psychophysiological stress, task performance, and symptoms of ill health."Kays calls it the "phytoremediation" factor. NASA has echoed the same conclusions on the benefits of using indoorplants.Many of us spend up to 90 percent or more of our time indoors so the results of these studies should come as verygood news.Some plants to consider including in your health arsenal are the Areca Palm. The areca palm is considered anefficient air humidifier. This plant releases large amounts of water into the air while removing many chemical toxins.A six-foot areca palm apparently can let loose up to one liter of water a day. The Gerbera daisy has been shown toeffectively remove Trichloroethylene concentrations from the air.Trichloroethylene is used in some printing inks, paints, lacquers, varnishes and adhesives.” The Peace Lily has beenshown to remove benzene concentrations in the air. Benzene is a commonly used solvent. The common GreenSpider plant has been shown to be on top of the list to remove concentrations of formaldehyde in the air. The wholeidea of bringing plants to your workplace can costs little or nothing especially if your employees are encouraged tosupply their own.Introducing the idea of plants in the workplace might receive some push back by those who believe they were bornwith a "brown thumb". Even so, the benefits of promoting routine plant care through your workplace will bringpeople together and many times brown thumbs will turn green.Some of our clients have reported how almost magical having plants can be to improve involvement, a sense ofcare/community and engagement. Ingredients that will impact the work environment for the better. Many havefound that employee dis-engagement can be costly.Physical and Mental Benefits of House Plants.Plants can improve physical health by exchanging carbon dioxide for oxygen. They remove toxins and pollutants andfilter out chemicals including formaldehyde. These actions can decrease headaches, allergies, colds, clear congestionand even improve your sleep.Share This Taico® :: 67 Patterson Village Ct., Bldg F :: Patterson, NY 12563 :: 845-228-GIFT (4438) :: fax: 845-228-5136 :: info@taico.com © 2012 Taico® Incentive Services Inc.
  3. 3. The upshot here is obvious. As wellness is the buzz, creating a wellness environment will reduce their healthcaredifficulties, increase employee retention and could even take advantage of tax incentives and grants. Someemployers see this plant approach as a way to also support and maintain their "culture of safety." This is one greatsource for these kinds of plants.Healthier employees are more productive workers. and thats how to plant wellness instantly.Share This Taico® :: 67 Patterson Village Ct., Bldg F :: Patterson, NY 12563 :: 845-228-GIFT (4438) :: fax: 845-228-5136 :: info@taico.com © 2012 Taico® Incentive Services Inc.

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