A surprising look at how your office smells, and how it affects employee output.
6 Scents That Can Reduce Stress And Increase Productivity In The Office.
Being in a corporate setting all day, or running a startup company can be a prescription for stress and mental blocks. How do you deal with the stress? Perhaps the last place you may look for an answer is in how the office smells. Aromatherapy could help or eliminate office stress and help you and your staff perform at an optimal level.
Citrus scents are said to energize, while lavender, and rosemary can reduce cortisol levels. Bringing down the stress hormone cortisol can have an overall effect on health, as cortisol is fairly corrosive to our veins and arteries. Choosing the proper scent, getting a consensus within the office, and selecting your delivery method will help get office anxiety under control. Anxiety management is a pressing issue in corporate America, and the control exerted on it can have a significant impact.
So which scents should you choose? Here are some ingredient guidelines. Choose a scent that fits the mood and tone you want to set. If you want less stress, choose a stress reduction scent, and don’t be afraid to make custom combinations. Make sure everyone in the office is in agreement on the scent. Getting employee buy-in will also help achieve the desired effect. The final thing you want to do is choose your form of delivery. Do you light a candle? Do you use an essential oil diffuser? How about a spray? Delivery method can determine the strength of the smell and it’s longevity. Candles are more lightly scented for example, but a large candle can burn consistently for days. Diffusers and sprays can be more strong initially, but fizzle out over the course of the day.
Here are some scents you may try, and the desired effects they may achieve:
1. Citrus Citrus scents like lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, and sweet orange can promote concentration, boost energy, and can help clear the mind. Scents like lemon also have antiviral properties that can help fight common viruses like the cold or flu bug and help boost the human immune system. Circulation can also be affected, and can help promote mental clarity.
2. Lavender. This essential oil has calming properties that help control emotional stress. Lavender has a soothing effect on nerves and can relieve nervous tension and depression as well as treat headaches and migraines.
3. Chamomile. Chamomile Is a daisy-like flower used in herbal remedies for centuries. When used as aromatherapy it can have a similar effect. With a scent reminiscent of apples or pineapple, this amazing ancient remedy is experiencing a revival. There are 2 forms of Chamomile, while similar, are slightly different chemically. German and Roman are the standard 2 types with Roman being the more common. Immune system enhancement and general well being are often reported when using this essential oil.
4. Jasmine. Jasmine, like lavender and chamomile is also used to promote calmness and tranquility. This oil boosts mood in a manner unlike any of the other essential oils on the list, however, promoting confidence and a sense of optimism. It also has an energizing quality that is a great pick-me-up to get over the Wednesday afternoon hump. To those with sensitive noses, Jasmine may be a little on the sweet side for some.
5. Rosemary. Need help getting going on a Monday morning? Then Rosemary is your girl. People have reported memory improvement as well as fatigue and exhaustion relief. In addition to providing a jump start for mental performance and creativity, Rosemary can also be placed in a carrier oil such as Jobajoba, and applied directly to overexerted muscles. A good tip for all you weekend warriors out there!
6. Spearmint. Need to come up with a brilliant presentation for your trip to New York next month? Look no further than Spearmint. This wonder oil gives many a mental boost that kicks their creativity into high gear. It also promotes mental clarity. Bonus!
When it’s crunch time, applying a little aromatherapy to a stress filled office can have profound effects. When combining Rosemary in eucalyptus and clary sage oil creativity and mental clarity can be boosted by as much as 25% says a study by the Northumbria University*
So how can you incorporate this strategy with little to no effort on your part? Consider hiring a cleaning service that builds these essentials oils into their cleaning and air freshener products. Ask them to execute a plan to put key scents in key locations. You can also place diffusers candles and sprays strategically around the office in key areas to promote productivity. Give employees aromatherapy gifts that target their unique issues as individuals. Make how the office smells a priority and watch productivity improve.
When competing in corporate America, stress and mental blocks are inevitable. Growing a business, you’re bound to feel stress on a daily basis. Doing a few simple things to make a more pleasant and productive work environment can not only improve office life, but make it really fulfilling and rewarding.
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