You know the one, it’s the plant you buy with every intention of seeing it grow and bring life back to office life. If you pay close attention, that office plant sitting in the corner over there can tell you a lot about work.
1) You will not thrive in an unhealthy work environment.
If you’ve ever ignored your plant for a while, it won’t be long before the plant starts to die. Well, when you are in an unhealthy work environment, there will be a part of you that is impacted just a little bit as each day goes on. Maybe it’s your energy level, maybe it’s your creative spirit, maybe it’s your desire to go out and try new things and meet new people.
Toxic environments are unhealthy. The plant proves it.
2) Being ignored will not help you grow.
Ignore a plant for a while and it will indeed die. While humans are more self-sufficient creatures for the most part, I notice that being ignored at work does help you grow into the work environment. Also, some jobs just don’t encourage that type of closeness at work and they should.
3) There’s only so much you can do under fluorescent lamps.
I did have a plant at my desk, but I had to move it. I had to move it to the window where there was a natural light coming in. I know, it’s just a plant. But this tells me that there is only so much we can do under the faux office lighting. Maybe we all just need a window to remind us there is more to life than the cubicle walls that surround us.
I think we all need to make like the plants and find a park, a forest, a stream, a garden – and get the hell out of here.