Companies Are Creating Gardens to Improve Employee Morale


So says the Journal, anyway: “A garden can encourage camaraderie among co-workers and become ‘a valuable asset the organization is offering,’ said Paul Teslak, a professor of organizational behavior and human resource management at the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business. It requires relatively few resources, can help in recruiting and differentiate a small business from its competitors, he said.” Well, we think Citigroup should at least try it — seeing as CEO Vikram Pandit wanted a garden anyway, this is a good opportunity for a little bonding with the president over arugula. Sure, a percentage of their talent will still gravitate toward companies that offer monetary rewards outside the reach of compensation czar Kenneth Feinberg, but we imagine at least a small portion might be swayed to stay by the promise of free squash. [WSJ]