Biophilia is best explained, literally, as meaning love of nature or a love of life or living systems. In the early 1980s, American biologist Edward Osborne Wilson created a philosophy and resulting book called The Biophilia Hypothesis, an ingrained affinity between humans and our natural world. Many of the world’s leading universities have also conducted numerous studies into biophilia but, as studies have moved into the biological including psychology, we’ve learned more about how it can impact workplace productivity and satisfaction.
A report explains that the relationship between workplace design and biophilia as “an innovative way to harness this affinity to create natural environments for us to live, work, and learn. By consciously including nature in interior or architectural design, we are unconsciously reconnecting; bringing the great outdoors into our constructed world.”
In layperson’s terms, workplaces incorporating natural plant life are likely to be happier, more productive workplaces.
It’s important to note that popping a couple of African violets or philodendrons randomly around your office is not a happiness cure-all or a productivity silver bullet. However, some studies show that increasing the amount and diversity of plant life in your office is an easy and cost-effective way to help contribute to a more harmonious and productive workspace.