This is an interesting article in the Washington Post:

 

9 things you didn’t know about office cubicles

 

Here’s the one I like, as it applies to plants in offices:

7. One of the original designers predicted corporate zombies.

Mmm hmm….And so the thinking goes…”Plants?  Why do we need plants?  It’s an unnecessary expense.”

Right.  It never ceases to amaze me how companies will spend thousands and thousands of dollars each year, keeping the shrubs outside their commmercial buildings trimmed neatly, their grass mowed, annuals in planter beds,

All so they can see them twice a day.  Once when they come in first thing in the morning, and in the afternoon when they leave for the day.  In the meantime, they’re staring at monitors and cabling all day and wonder why the office feels so stuffy!