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The Best Office Plants to Bring Your Desk to Life

Key Points

Discover indoor plants that thrive in no- to low-light conditions that are easy to maintain and why having plants in the office is a good idea.


Add a little life, happiness, and productivity to your office with plants. Office spaces, shopping centers, hospitals, and hotels alike strategically use indoor plants to reduce stress and transform what is ordinarily a sterile, utilitarian environment into something living and breathing.

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Benefits of Having Plants around the Office

One study found that offices that were spruced up with plants saw the following benefits:

  • 37% reduction in anxiety.
  • 44% reduction in office hostility.
  • Reduced chronic fatigue by nearly 40%.
  • 58% reduction in reported depression.
  • 25% decrease in symptoms of ill health, including fatigue, concentration problems, dry skin, and irritation of the nose and eyes.
  • Reduce carbon dioxide levels by about 10% in air-conditioned offices. 

You can create a haven of health and tranquility by placing a little greenery in just the right places.


Indoor Plants Perfect for the Office

Ultimately, you want to choose plants that are well suited to an indoor office setting, and that won’t require a lot of maintenance.

The top recommendations for your workspace include: 

  • Snake plants 
  • ZZ plants
  • Succulents
  • Pothos 
  • Bamboos 
  • Spider plants
  • Anthuriums
  • Weeping figs
  • Peace lilies 
  • Ferns
  • Philodendrons

Low-light office plants that don’t need direct sunlight

Many office environments can struggle with natural light, particularly in big cities where buildings are side by side and the light might be obstructed by shadow or smog or you have a windowless office. Finding plants that can grow without direct sunlight can be a challenge.

Snake and ZZ plants are widely praised by cubicle dwellers as hardy, low-light plants that will survive in any office environment. Both have succulent, rubbery leaves and require very little attention.

Snake plants

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Snake Plant

Snake plants grow in a vertical, compact fashion, reducing mess and taking up a neat corner on a desk or in an office. (Some can grow several feet tall, so pick your size wisely.) Let the soil dry completely between waterings; in the wintertime, you’ll likely need to water a snake plant only once a month. While these plants flourish in indirect sunlight, they will also grow successfully (albeit a little more slowly) in darker, low-light settings.

ZZ plants

The ZZ plant evokes feelings of paradise, with fern-shaped leaves in a deep, succulent green. However, low light suits the ZZ plant best, a species that hates direct sunlight and requires extra watering when placed too close to windows.

The ZZ plant will grow up to several feet in office lighting at a regulated temperature of between 60 and 75°F.  Water your ZZ plant only when the soil becomes dry to the touch, and it’s important to ensure that there is sufficient drainage at the bottom of the pot to reduce the risk of rot.

Desk plants that are easy to care for 

To spruce up your personal space, consider popular desk plants like bamboos and spider plants; both require some care in watering but are able to survive in low light on desks, in bathrooms, and on kitchen counters. For a pop of color, try anthuriums, which are more durable than orchids and flower year-round.


Choosing a healthy bamboo plant from the outset is key to its survival in an office environment. Opt for a plant that’s bright, vibrant green all over, without blemishes or yellowing. Plus, the pot should be at least two inches larger than the diameter of the plant’s stem. 

Bamboo plants can be grown in soil or water. For those in water, pebbles and water should be changed at least once a week to prevent rotting. For those in soil, don’t use too much soil or fertilizer (less is more when it comes to bamboos), and you should water the plant just enough that the soil is moist but not oversaturated. 

Spider plants

These plants are ideal for office environments, as they don’t need much light and thrive in temperatures between 55 and 80°F. Infact, putting your spider plant in direct sunlight will lead to discoloration and stunted growth. Keep the soil moist and don’t let the plant dry out too much between waterings, and you can fertilize your spider plant up to twice a month in the summer.


Red Anthurium in yellow Pot

A low-maintenance, decorative addition to any office, anthuriums flower year-round in the right conditions and produce small, simple flowers in red, pink, white, purple, and yellow. These plants can survive in low-light conditions, however, they’ll produce more flowers in moderate, indirect sunlight. Fertilize your anthurium once every few months, and allow the soil to dry between waterings. 


Large floor plants that add drama to shared spaces  

Floor plants are a great way to brighten office corners and bring conference rooms to life. The weeping fig and peace lily are both hardy plants that grow well in limited office lighting. However, regular pruning is essential (they grow quickly), but they both offer a pop of lush greenery and bring a touch of the outdoors.

Weeping figs

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Weeping fig

The weeping fig thrives best in indirect sunlight and doesn’t like to be moved—it’s best to find a spot relatively close to an east-facing window and keep it there. Ensure the soil stays moist, but not saturated, and fertilize your fig regularly through the spring and summer. The weeping fig will drop leaves if it’s under stress, and, in these cases, it’s a good idea to supplement the fertilizer with a little magnesium and manganese.

Peace lilies

The peace lily isn’t fussy when it comes to lighting and can survive under office fluorescents or indirect sunlight. Water the plant weekly during the summer months, and less frequently in the wintertime. Drooping leaves is a sign that the plant is thirsty and it’s time to water the soil and spritz the leaves. These plants like humidity, so try to maintain moistness in the soil and keep them away from heaters and air-conditioning units. 


Low-maintenance plants that will fill your office 

Filling an office with plants doesn’t have to be a chore, and there are a number of low-maintenance solutions to office greenery—whether it’s small pots on kitchen counters or larger plants that can frame office walls. Succulents are the most obvious, and aloe vera, pincushions, and zebra plants will thrive on a windowsill. 

For something a little more expressive (yet still low-maintenance), try the pothos, which boasts big, beautiful leaves hanging off tentacle vines that drape over filing cabinets and off the side of kitchen counters. 


Avoid spraying succulents with water. If the leaves pick up dust, it’s best to wipe them gently with a damp cloth. Succulents need light to thrive and are best suited to windowsills or desks with direct sunlight. Remember to rotate the plant every week or so, ensuring every angle receives ample sunshine.

Water your succulent when the first inch of soil is dry to the touch, or about every seven to 10 days and more frequently in the summer. To water succulents effectively, soak the soil with water until the excess runs out of the pot’s drainage holes. Terra-cotta pots are ideal for growing succulents, and their rustic coloring adds to the aesthetic.



While the pothos thrives best in indirect sunlight, it can tolerate low-light conditions and requires very little maintenance to survive. Nicknamed “devil’s ivy,” it’s difficult to kill. This plant doesn’t need a regular watering schedule and likes to dry out completely between waterings. Just water it when the leaves start drooping a little. A monthly dose of regular houseplant feeder is typically good.


Office plants that create vertical gardens

Use greenery to create new dimensions around the office with plants that promote vertical growth. Ferns are a go-to as they’re durable, easy to grow, and resistant to changes in humidity—whereas other air plants are more fickle. For hanging plants, philodendrons are a striking option with vines that drape over the side of the pot and hang down to reach the floor.


Ferns thrive in limited sunlight and are best positioned near a window that gets the early-morning or afternoon sun. Though they can grow in low-light conditions, it’s a good idea to give them “breaks” in the sunshine every few days. Choose a sand-heavy, free-draining compost so the roots don’t rot, but make sure it’s kept moist by watering it a little every day. Ferns are built for humidity and should be spritzed with water regularly and kept away from air vents and heaters.


Philodendron in wicker baskets on gray wall

These plants are easy to grow and adapt easily to most conditions. They can be moved around the office, inside and outside, and won’t show signs of distress. Ideally, keep your philodendron in a spot that receives ample, indirect natural light. Watering can be irregular and infrequent—the top inch and a half of soil should dry out completely between waterings. Like lilies, philodendrons will tell you when they’re thirsty and their leaves start to droop. If your philodendron is growing slowly and producing pale leaves, supplement your fertilizer with a dose of calcium and magnesium.


The best office plants are more than just beautiful 

Whether you’re decorating your desk, cubical, or an entire office, these plants are a great start to infusing your workday with greenery. And, with links to enhanced productivity and increased employee engagement, their benefits will extend further than aesthetics.

For more tips on office design and productivity, check out 4 Tips for Developing an Office Space that Inspires and Five Office Solutions for a Hectic Schedule.

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How Coworking Spaces Can Help Your Small Business Save Money

Key Points


Flexible Leasing Terms

Access To Clients

No Hidden Costs 

Coworking space providers like NuvoDesk are saving small businesses money every day. As a rentee, you get to work in up-to-date surroundings and a motivating atmosphere and exchange ideas, and network with like-minded individuals. 

It’s been proven that coworking spaces can help your small business save money that would otherwise needlessly go down the drain. Renting a traditional office space costs more, not just for rent, but utilities, office furniture and decor, and the distance you’d have to travel to meet with clients and networkers. Plus, you’d be locked into a lease for who knows how long.

Take a look at how NuvoDesk could be saving you money and your sanity!

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Flexible Leasing Terms

Whether you need us for a day, a week, a month, or even years, NuvoDesk can accommodate your time here. Coworking spaces allow you a short-term, customized lease. You can change your rental agreement as your business evolves. In other words, you are saving by renting precisely what you need when you need it. All without moving your team every so often from a well-established workspace that suits you, your employees, and your clients.

If you haven’t rented traditional office space before, you might not know that leases often come with a three to a ten-year contract. Can you predict where your small business will be at that time? How many workers will you have, or how much space will you require? Most likely, you would not know the answer and settle for space that doesn’t fulfill your needs. Either it’ll be too small but affordable, or big enough to support growth but taking a huge chunk of your profit.


Access To Clients

There is a tight relationship between office location and access to customers. Budding entrepreneurs are too often facing a decision: starting up affordably in suburbia or cashing out for a downtown workspace. How much you’re willing to pay for a rental office can have a significant impact on your business, especially if it’s a startup. 

Coworking buildings are often found in prime locations and come with parking spots for rentees and their clients. Convenient access saves time for both parties. Coworking spaces can help your small business save money and grow, even in these uncertain times. Partly from significantly saving on the rent and paying only for what you use, and partly due to more reliable access to customers when it matters most.

No Hidden Costs 

An agreement for renting coworking space is relatively straightforward. You choose what you use and pay for nothing more. 

NuvoDesk has plans that include the use of conference rooms if you do need them regularly or plans without them and you can pay as the need arises. All of our amenities come with every plan, so you won’t be nickel-and-dimed to death for each amenity. Again, you only pay for what you need.

Another important way coworking spaces can help your small business save money is through maintenance costs. Whatever incident happens (like the AC going out, the wi-fi failing, or the light bulbs need changing) in the building, the office provider is responsible for covering the expense. Cleaning services are also included in the agreement. It doesn’t mean you should ignore simple coworking etiquette, though; always keep your workplace tidy.


A Few Additional Notes

While coworking boosts entrepreneurs’ creativity and efficiency, the renters profit from full facilities. As entrepreneurship evolves and adapts to new circumstances, coworking spaces are here for you. Coworking has become highly competitive as it offers benefits to startups and small businesses that they would never be able to afford otherwise.

Statistically speaking, over 90% of all businesses in the States are small businesses. A large and growing part of this percent are startups that have created over 3.1 million new jobs in the US in the last year alone. With that and the abovementioned benefits in mind, the bright future of coworking spaces is guaranteed.

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By Leslie Radford
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Remote Work Stats to Know Right Now

Key Points

Get an idea of how remote work is growing, why employees are taking advantage of it, and the opportunities it can provide.


In 2020, workplaces started embracing remote work options more than ever before. Remote work, especially from coworking spaces like NuvoDesk, will become even more common in the future.

These figures will give you an idea of how the work style is growing, why employees are taking advantage of it, the opportunities it can provide management, and even a few challenges linked to it.

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Remote Workforce Size

In the U.S., 4.7 million employees (3.4% of the workforce) work from home at least half the week. (Global Workplace Analytics)

Roughly 62% of employees between 22 and 65 say they work remotely at least occasionally, (Owl Labs)

44% of employees say that part of their team is full-time remote. (Buffer)

While 30% of people report working remotely full-time, 18% work remotely one to three times per week. (Owl Labs)


Job Types of Remote Workers

18% of executives work remotely more than on-site. (Owl Labs)

35% of remote workers are individual contributors. (Owl Labs)

30% of people report working for a company that’s fully remote. (Buffer)

46% of C-suite members work remotely at least part-time. (Owl Labs)

55% of VPs work remotely at least part-time. (Owl Labs)

New employees might work remotely less often at their company. Roughly 75% more on-site workers have worked in their positions for less than a year, (Owl Labs)

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Woman Working from Home

Remote Work Growth

The amount of people who work remotely at least once per week has grown by 400% since 2010. (GetApp)

42% of employees with a remote work option plan to work remotely more often in the next five years. (Owl Labs)

Between 2017 and 2018, telecommuting increased by 22% (FlexJobs)

If they could, 99% of people would choose to work remotely, at least part-time, for the rest of their careers. (Buffer)

99% of people would work remotely if given the option

More than half of full-time in-office employees want to work remotely. (Owl Labs)

95% of people would encourage their friends or family to work remotely. (Buffer)


Recruiting and Job Retention

72% of talent professionals agree that work flexibility (which includes remote work options) will be very important for the future of HR and recruiting. (LinkedIn)

83% of workers, remote or on-site, say that a remote work opportunity would make them feel happier at their job. (Owl Labs)

40% of people say that a flexible schedule would be the best perk of working remotely. (Buffer)

81% of employees say that the option to work remotely would make them more likely to recommend their company to job candidates and prospects. (Owl Labs)

74% of employees say that a remote work option would make them less likely to leave their company. (Owl Labs)


Remote Employee Productivity and Behaviors

77% of remote employees say they’re more productive when working from home. (CoSo Cloud)

76% prefer to avoid their office completely when they need to concentrate on a project. (Atlassian)

23% of remote workers say they work longer hours than they would on-site. (CoSo Cloud)

53% of remote workers say they’re less likely to take time off than they would be if they worked at their business’s location. (CoSo Cloud)

43% of remote employees take three weeks or less of paid vacation per year. (Buffer)

Those with highly complex jobs that require little interaction with stakeholders are more productive when remote than in an office. (Springer)

Email is the primary method of communication for remote workers, followed by instant messaging, and video chat. (CoSo Cloud)

Although remote work enables employees to work anywhere, 84% of remote employees prefer to work from home. (Buffer)


Earnings and Benefits for Remote Work

74% of remote employees earn less than $100,000 annually. (Owl Labs)

Despite the perk of remote work, less than 34% would take a pay cut of 5% to work remotely full-time while just 24% would take a pay cut of 10% for the same option. (Owl Labs)

69% of millennials will trade other benefits for flexible work options including remote work. (IWG)

75% of people say their companies will not compensate for the internet if they work remotely. (Buffer)

30% of remote employees say they save upwards of $5,000 annually without on-site work expenses and work travel. (CoSo Cloud)

71% of companies also do not compensate for the coworking spaces of remote employees. (Buffer)

Businesses would save an average of $11,000 annually per half-time telecommuter. (Global Workplace Analytics)

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Remote Work Challenges

More than half of remote employees say they feel disconnected from in-office employees (CoSo Cloud)

22% of remote employees report that unplugging after work is their biggest challenge. (Buffer)

19% of remote employees report loneliness as their biggest challenge. (Buffer)

Despite receiving confidential business data to their remote location regularly, less than half of remote employees say they receive proper internet security training. (GetApp)


Ready for 2022?

If you’re serious about remote working and want a fun and invigorating place to do so, come tour NuvoDesk! We’ll give you a FREE day pass to see if we are the right fit for you.

Read more on Remote Workers.

By Leslie Radford
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The Top 4 Business Books That Will Rock Your World

Key Takeaway

Read these books to be inspired in your business.


Some of the most powerful business magnates in the world are avid readers. Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Bill Gates are all self-proclaimed bookworms who attribute their success to reading. Billionaire Warren Buffett is said to read about 500 pages per day.

If some of the most successful people in the world credit their success to something as simple as reading, then why wouldn’t you give it a try? Check out these business books and get to rocking your world.

Business Adventures by John Brooks

Business Adventures by John Brooks
Business Adventures by John Brooks

You have to have the right people on your team to successfully plan, implement, and carry out short- and long-term goals. The way team members and leaders react in both times of success and hardship will make or break their companies. 

Bill Gates calls Business Adventures (which was a gift from Warren Buffet, by the way) one of the best business books he has ever read. 

The book tells the crisis and triumph of several prominent companies, including Ford Motor Company’s Edsel disaster, the rise of Xerox, and the GE and Texas Gulf Sulphur scandals. Brooks also details the stock market crash in 1962 and the chaos that ensued on Wall Street. 

Business Adventures is a must-read for anyone who is currently running, or aspires to run, a resilient business.

Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott

Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott
Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott

If you’re looking for a lighter read that provides applicable information on how to be a successful boss and colleague, then this New York Times Bestseller is for you. Scott uses her own experiences at Google, Apple, and other tech companies to show how to be a respected leader and encourage your team to do their best work. 

Radical Candor shows readers how to build strong relationships in a work environment, create a culture of feedback, shape a connected team, and achieve goals everyone can be excited about. Scott is engaging, humorous, and provides readers with entertaining illustrations throughout the book. 

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t by Jim Collins

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't by Jim Collins
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t by Jim Collins

There are plenty of companies out there that are considered successful. They may have good investors, a solid group of promoters who love their brand and make enough money to sustain their existence. But what about the companies that are really killing it? Raking in the cash and growing exponentially in all forms? How did they get to where they are? How did they go from good to great?

Jim Collins answers those questions in this intriguing read. He organizes a 5-year experiment to find out the common characteristics of 28 successful companies that made that leap from good to great. 

You’ll have to read Good to Great to discover his findings, however, Collin’s said at the end of his experiment: “The key concepts discerned in the study fly in the face of our modern business culture and will, quite frankly, upset some people.” 

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

An international bestseller and the winner of more than five notable awards, Thinking Fast and Slow takes a hard look at two ways that humans think, which Kahneman calls systems. According to the author, system 1 is “fast, emotional, and intuitive.” System 2 is a bit slower, more deliberate, and logical. By understanding these systems, he tells readers the ways we can take information and use it to shape our personal and work-related decisions. 

There are certain aspects of the two systems that should be focused on or avoided based on the environment and situation. Thinking Fast and Slow takes you through practical techniques that will help you uncover best practices in all situations.

By understanding how we all think, we can successfully lead and help the people around us.

More Books

Reading entrepreneurial books can evoke creativity and inspiration. Personal development is key to creating a successful life and business.

Want more? Here are a few other notable books you should consider:

  • Den of Thieves
  • Pivot
  • The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail
  • Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader
  • Live It, Love It, Earn It: A Woman’s Guide to Financial Freedom
  • Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
  • Imagine: How Creativity Works
  • The Power of Onlyness: Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World
  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
  • Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business
  • Steve Jobs
  • The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
  • Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
  • Tools of Titans
  • Selling the Invisible: A Field Guide to Modern Marketing
  • Inbound Marketing: Attract, Engage, and Delight Customers Online


By Leslie Radford
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