â€œOur research shows that a change as simple as adding flowers and plants can be important in the most meaningful way to businesses in the modern economy,â€ said Dr. Roger Ulrich, lead researcher on the project. â€œPeopleâ€™s productivity, in the form of innovation and creative problem solving, improved â€" which in certain circumstances could mean the difference between mild and great business success.â€
â€œWe know the importance of learning, for example, how natural surroundings affect drivers, school children, and hospital patients,â€ said Ulrich
, who has conducted extensive research on the effects of environments on psychological well-being, stress and health. â€œTo businesses, it should be equally as important to understand what features can improve performance at work and make employees more productive.â€
Research Background: Dr. Roger Ulrich
The Impact of Flowers and Plants on Workplace Productivity Study was conducted by Roger Ulrich, Ph.D., Behavioral Scientist, Director of the Center for Health Systems and Design, Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
Dr. Ulrich is a professor of landscape architecture and is an internationally recognized expert on the influences of surroundings on human well-being and health.
interests concern applications of environment-behavior knowledge to healthcare buildings, landscape architecture and urban design.
For The Impact of Flowers and Plants on Workplace Productivity study, Dr. Ulrich worked in cooperation with Professor Dr. James Varni, who also is internationally recognized for his research in psychology and medicine.