Studies have shown that plants in the office can help lower workplace stress and enhance productivity, as well as naturally improving air quality by absorbing pollutants and dust from the air.
In light of what’s going on at the company I work for (more on this later), I thought it was a positive step by the company to try to improve our well-being by deciding that free plants would be given to employees (who wanted them), sourced from a local garden centre.
The company hadn’t counted on how popular this would be (although they should know by now that anything ‘free’ is always going to go down well!) so had to arrange for a second delivery, when all the plants from the first delivery were snapped up in a Black-Friday-Sale-like frenzy!
It’s a Triffid!
Around 100 plants of various varieties are now dotted around the office and it all looks very nice and pleasing to the eye!
Some people have given their plants names – since I don’t have very green fingers, I’ve decided not to bother, haha!
Time will tell whether this new environment will help improve the ambiance around the workplace.
News on Changes at Work
Following on from the original announcement
back in April about our business being sold by its parent company, there have been lots of closed door meetings and various rumours flying around the web and the financial pages these past few months about potential buyers for the business.
Anyway, there’s finally been some sort of update, although it looks like it will be a few months before anything changes due to the French employment unions (works councils) getting involved (the sale of our business will be as a European group as opposed to just the UK businesses).
The bad news is that we are being bought out by a bigger competitor…
Still no real point in worrying as I don’t know how things will turn out. The general feeling in our office is still quite upbeat, business is good, there’s still a buzz about the place.
However, I heard that some people in the London and Bristol offices have called in ‘sick’ since this latest announcement a few weeks back – how to make things worse than they actually are, especially for their colleagues….
Anyway, my quest for FI/early retirement shall continue unabated until something drastic happens and I need to adjust my plan – yes, ‘adjust’ because I have no intention of abandoning it!
However, it looks like we may be in need of some more plants in the office very soon!
Or very strong alcohol, as someone suggested at the all employees’ meeting, haha!