While business owners aim to control costs and cash flow, many are losing money in less obvious, but often more critical ways.

Office Plants
Is ignoring your work environment and wellbeing costing you your business?

The results of an employee sickness survey published by EEF in June this year has revealed that average sick pay cost per employee is £374.

This equates to a total cost of £1 billion for the manufacturing sector alone!

Sick staff are more than just an inconvenience for small companies – they could force them out of business altogether. UK firms have now lost the right to reclaim their statutory sick pay (SSP) costs – the minimum amount that must be paid to sick staff by all employers, regardless of size, for a period of up to 28 weeks.

Stress is one of the most common causes for employee absence which, in an office building, can be easily mitigated by the consideration of environmental factors.

A scientific study by a team from the University of Lancashire in 2011 looked at the employee responses to the introduction of plants in their work place with benefits including productivity, attitude towards pressure, privacy and comfort. Notably, sickness absence reduced substantially in the area that was enhanced through indoor planting.

These miracles of nature don’t only enhance a workspace visually. The perception of a greener building is that it looks more luxurious but is, in reality, cheaper to install and maintain than other interior finishes. Studies carried out in the USA into “sick building” syndrome in some of the most expensive corporate office structures have discovered that those with a good distribution of plants actually have fewer airborne moulds and bacteria than those that don’t. Think how much reduced airborne pollutants could help minimise the cost and inconvenience of sickness in your organisation!

Find out how Aureo Group’s distinctive interior landscaping can enhance your office space and wellbeing or call 0345 305 8384 and speak with one of our advisors for a free design consultation.

What people are saying about Aureo

Thank you for all the work you and your team do, ensuring our plants are cared for and providing suitable replacements when required.
The installation was really smooth, and we are pleased with the new machine. Thanks for your time with this.  I will make sure we are in touch when the review of coffee machines happens.
I have been dealing with Aureo for many years, always found them to be competitively priced and easy to deal with, the customer service is always excellent. I would have no hesitation in recommending Richard and his team.
Thank you for the biscuits, what a suprise. Its always a pleasure doing business with Aureo.
The feedback is very positive; the staff appreciate the new options available and the pleasant new machines.
I just wanted to thank you for your hard work and support over the last couple of weeks during my absence in arranging for the installation of our new vending machines.
All has gone smoothly. Thank you for making our machine switch over so easy.
The coffee machines are operating very well and are a joy to clean as the process is so much easier than the previous models
Just a quick thank you for our new machine, it is proving to be quite the success! Thank you to you and Gary for your help and efficient service
The service we have received so far has been second to none and the quality of the drinks and the machine itself is of a really high quality. I’m just sorry it took us so long to get around to making a change with the hot drinks we provide to staff!
We have had the coffee machine installed now for less than a week on a trial basis.  I don’t think there’s any way our staff will let us hand this back now!
What a transformation!  Real plants in our new offices have been very enthusiastically received by all our staff and visitors and have created a positive improvement to the overall atmosphere.  Thank you Aureo!
Our bottled water has been supplied by Aureo for several years now. Their staff are friendly, they provide an efficient service and fast delivery. On many occasions, we have received our delivery within hours of ordering.
The plant displays and your service levels are a distinct improvement to our old provider – my only regret is that we didn’t switch earlier.
Having used Aureo’s services for some time, I have found them to be professional, prompt and always reasonably priced. Their service is very good and the new Flavia Coffee machine we have installed is a big hit with our customers.
I’m so sorry, I have just realised that I didn’t say a huge thank you for the wonderful plants that you arranged so quickly for us. Everyone was really impressed, they do look great. Thank you!
Aureo provide an excellent service. They always deliver our order next day without exception. The staff are very friendly and helpful. They have a wide selection of products to choose from which we can offer our clients. Thank you.
I just wanted to say thank you for our plants – they arrived this morning and look really good. I have already had comments from staff and also our building manager who may be contacting you regarding changing her supplier!
We have been using Aureo to provide hot water for our staff refreshments for the past two years; we have found this method an excellent alternative to boiling kettles which tend to be uneconomic and time wasting.
I have just arrived back in the office to see our new plants, they look very nice :) very pleased!! Thank you
Just wanted to say over the past four years, the service we have received from Aureo has been second to none.  We would thoroughly recommend Aureo as a company with first class customer service. Many thanks