Did you know that smell is the strongest of your five senses? It is also the way we can process factors such as calming stress and waking our minds for action. And where better to reduce stress and wake up our desire to be productive than in an office environment? Over the years, there have been many studies done on the effect of certain smells on the mind, body, and soul. If effect, it has been proven that the subtle use of scents in an office environment will have a positive outcome for both workers and management. Workers will become more relaxed and feel less stress, and feel more like working to their maximum production level. Management will benefit from workers becoming more satisfied with their jobs as well as producing outcomes at a higher level. Of course, not all scents will have the same effect. Here are ones that have proven their worth in the office environment.:
Apple: a soft scent that reminds workers of feeling healthy and enjoying a walk on a sunny day. Pleasant thoughts bring renewed mental vigor.
Chamomile: This scent is known to possess anti-anxiety properties, which can help people relax and thus reduce stress. Too much is not wise, though, as this scent is also used to promote sleep which would not be a good idea while at work.
Citrus: A favorite at home as well as in the office. The scent of lemons, oranges, or grapefruit, or a combination of these, is refreshing and contains properties that boost the body’s immune system and fight colds. In particular, the scent of oranges lessens anxiety, and the scent of grapefruit can help reduce mental fatigue.
Peppermint: This scent can not only freshen your breath; it can freshen your mind. Renewed alertness and a clearer mind are positive effects of the peppermint scent.
Rose: The good old-fashioned garden rose scent is a favorite scent, especially for women. Often a reminder of happy times and beautiful scenery, this scent will foster relaxation and the feeling of lessened stress. Happy workers are better workers.
Cinnamon: The pungent yet invigorating scent of cinnamon can perk an office right up. When used in the late afternoon, workers will be less likely to want to fall asleep for that afternoon nap most folks yearn for.
Jasmine: The scent of jasmine is one of the sweetest scents and has been popular with people for hundreds of years. In addition to being a lovely smell, jasmine is known to create feelings of confidence as it calms a person’s nerves.
The scents above, usually dispensed in essential oil, are readily available from many sources. Check online for the scents you are interested in. You will likely want to purchase a diffuser to use with the scented oils of your choice. There is a word of caution, however. Some people are allergic to certain scents and could have an asthma or allergy attack if used. Always check with the workers in your office before using any scents.