3 things Richard Branson would say about Indoor Plants and Employee Wellbeing
Richard Branson is one of the world's most widely known personal brands. In business he is known for his maverick strategies and taking risks. He is without doubt a transformational leader with business acumen. His philosophy has always been to look after the needs of his staff, he’s quoted as saying “So, my philosophy has always been, if you can put staff first, your customer second and shareholders third, effectively, in the end, the shareholders do well, the customers do better, and yourself are happy”
Richard is also known for leaving his desk, having a stroll to chat to his employees. So here are 3 things he would say about office plants and how to boost employee well-being.
1. Surround your desk with the beautiful prickly pear plant, eat the fruits and enjoy the healthy benefits of this amazing plant. Prickly pear is a Mexican cactus, high in calcium and magnesium that can be eaten in many different ways, from cactus fries to Nopalitos con huevos. The juicy fruits can make pear jelly and a delicious pear smoothie. The pears combine well with coconut water to make a refreshing drink.
Here check out the recipe he’d say; http://mexicanmademeatless.com/prickly-pear-and-coconut-water-smoothie/ Richard would even mention to check out the Mexican Flag and see the Prickly Pear perched on by an eagle.
2. Yes Indeed! Take a Holiday visit Mexico visit this amazing land of Cacti.
Mexico is the fifth most biodiverse country in the world and it has the most cacti varieties of any other country in the world. Mexico has nearly 700 species of cacti and they grow in just four relatively small regions (1) in the Chihuahua desert of ventral Mexico (2) in the valley of Tehuacan-Cuicatlan, framed by the mountains of the Trans Mexican volcano belt (3) in a small humid area on the Pacific coast of the state of Jalisco. (4) at the transition between the Sonora desert and the Sinaloa dry forest. Here the landscape is littered with double armed cactus, images of a solitary cowboy riding into the sunset, come to mind.
Check out this interesting list of the 10 ten biodiverse countries https://news.mongabay.com/2016/05/top-10-biodiverse-countries/
3. When you’re back at work were running a PlantStore.ie workshop on how to build a terrarium with cacti. This workshop is a great fun, we get everyone together in a big room and have the place prepared with cacti, succulents, glass jars, potting mix, coloured stone and pebble. Then everyone rolls up their sleeves and dips into their creative side, making some interesting creations. There is loads of laughs and a great buzz between colleagues.
“Very well done staff, very well done plantstore.ie” I hear Richard saying. Check out the link for more ideas on fun workshops. https://www.plantstore.ie/collections/terraria
Plants are super important when it comes to office settings where people are sedentary for most of the day and share the same air. Indoor plants are known to improve air quality, reduce stress, soften background noise and increase productivity.