Scenting Your Office Space
Scent Marketing probably isn't the first tool you think of to help boost productivity and grow your business, but maybe it should be. Smell is the strongest of the senses and is best able to influence brain activity. A happy worker is a productive worker and the environment and surroundings therefore play an important role in this. Air quality that is free from harmful pollutants and odours is crucial to the health, safety and well being of your staff. Not only can scenting a commercial office or environment assist in alleviating these problems it can also create a more pleasant feel, efficient work force and reduce stress.
EcoScent’s fragrances along with our cold-air diffusion technology mean the integrity of the oils are maintained during diffusion. Our quality fragrances include anti-bacterial properties and are therefore the ideal application in conjunction with HVAC (scenting through ventilation/air conditioning systems) for most commercial and office spaces.
Research shows people working in scented areas demonstrate a higher self-efficiency and are more likely to adopt efficient work strategies.
Six fragrances that are recommended for boosting productivity, mood and more at work:
1. Lemon. This scent promotes concentration and has calming and clarifying properties that are helpful when you're feeling angry, anxious or run down. Lemon also has antiviral and antibacterial properties and can help fight sore throats and colds by boosting the body's immune system and improving circulation.
2. Lavender. This fragrance 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. Jasmine. Like lavender, jasmine it is also used to calm nerves, but this fragrance is also commonly used as an anti-depressant because of its uplifting capabilities that produce a feeling of confidence, optimism and revitalized energy.
4. Rosemary. This is the perfect Monday morning pick-me-up. In addition to improving memory retention, rosemary has stimulating properties that fight physical exhaustion, headaches and mental fatigue. It's excellent to use in the mornings when one needs a bit of help getting going.
5. Cinnamon. The stimulating properties in cinnamon can help fight mental fatigue and improve concentration and focus.
6. Peppermint. Peppermint is excellent when brainstorming. An energy booster, this scent invigorates the mind, promotes concentration and stimulates clear thinking.
Studies have shown error rates in typing significantly reduced when operators were exposed to lemon and lavender fragrance and an increased performance in speed and accuracy when scents such as mint were used.
Improved environment - Scenting creates a positive environment by reducing stress, relieving tiredness, improving alertness and performance levels.
Increase efficiency - The diffusion of lavender or mint during breaks at work has been found to prevent the deterioration of work performance.
Improve air quality - Scientific research confirms that essential oils fight and eliminate air borne bacteria, viruses and molds.
Olfactory bulbs are part of the limbic system and directly connect to the areas of the brain that process emotion and learning. "This is one of the reasons why so often something that we smell will trigger a memory or remind us of something or someone. You can still get the benefits of Scent Marketing in a shared workspace without offending others. The fragrance should be set at an ambient level.
Fragrance not only help improve job performance but health, meaning employees are less likely to take sick time. Fragrance oils can have anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and using them in an environment where there are a lot of people can help to keep germs at bay. Fragrance can also activate the hypothalamus – the area of the brain which sends messages to other parts of the body allowing many changes in the body, including activating the immune system and stimulating digestion.