Wacky office perk saturation seems to have hit. The shock value quirkily designed offices might be on its way out. Who wants to take the massive two-story slide down to attend their next meeting in the PAC-MAN conference room anyway?

For peak employee happiness, it seems like we’re going back to the basics. Employees are craving more peace and quiet. (Which, unsurprisingly, is good for your brain.) Meditation rooms and nap pods are in. And if you’ve noticed a common theme as multi-billion dollar companies unveil their new offices, plants are also in. Lots and lots of plants.

Yes, plants are the new trend in office design. It’s no joke. Big tech companies are out-planting each other to compete for greenest office building on the planet.

The likes of Amazon, Apple, Google and even Lego have started to heavily incorporate live greenery into their office parks and employee workspaces. Their efforts extend beyond placing a few nice ferns in the foyer. These companies are designing offices that creatively bring the indoors in. They blur the lines between inside and outside with access to nature everywhere you turn. They’re planting lush green campuses to invite employees to venture outside. Apple’s reportedly planting thousands of trees at theirs.

The positive effects of upping your green quotient have long been clear. There’s a reason every you hear you should keep a plant on your desk at work. Studies have found that plants increases memory retention and concentration and can boost productivity by up to 15 percent.


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