IN TOUCH : Smell the roses

Maybe having flowers around your workplace seems like an unnecessary expense. Think again.
Having flowers in your office can boost your team’s problem-solving skills, ideas generation and creative performance, 10-month study of flowers and behaviour showed.
The study, conducted at Texas & M University, showed that both men and women working in environments with flowers and plants showed more innovative thinking than those without decorative objects.
Men who took part generated 15 percent more ideas when working in an environment with flowers, than men in offices without plants or flowers. And women devised more creative and flexible solutions in workplaces with flowers, the survey found.
Giving flowers worked too: participants also said they felt less anxious, depressed and agitated after receiving flowers, and enjoyed life more.

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