Olivia holding plants from the Foster-A-Plant program.

Our Ability-One DMDC  Contact Center team has been sprucing up the workspace and boosting employee morale with a unique and eco-friendly initiative: a foster-a-plant program. This program is currently managed by Lead Customer Service Representative Olivia and her support dog Libby.  This program allows employees to take care of desk plants on a rotating basis, fostering a sense of responsibility and connection to nature. Olivia fosters a nurturing environment for the plants and co-workers alike.

How it Works

Decoration table.

Decoration station to add their personal touch.

The plant cart nursey holds the plant selections. They are checked out weekly and maintained by the team. If they need extra love, they are brought outside to soak up the sun! The plants take on new personalities each week with adornments varying from themed naming to trinkets.

One of our featured plants is themed to the 1986 movie-musical Little Shop of Horrors. The film tells the story of Seymour, a flower shop worker who discovers an alien plant known as Audrey ll. The plant features a sign that says “Audrey ll Feed Me Seymour”; I wouldn’t keep the plant waiting!

Interested in bringing some greenery into your space? Look for low-maintenance, air-purifying plants that thrive in indoor office environments. Succulents and snake plants are all excellent options. If you’re a BAC employee, please reach out to Olivia to foster-a-plant!

Plant with decorations.Thriving Environment for your Plants:

  • Light it right: Research your plants’ light needs. Most houseplants prefer bright, indirect sunlight.
  • Hydration heroes: Avoid underwatering or overwatering.
  • Pot with care: Choose pots with drainage holes to prevent root rot. Opt for pot sizes that allow for future growth.

Flamingo in a plant from the Foster-A-Plant program.A foster-a-plant program is a simple yet impactful way to add greenery to your workplace, enhance employee well-being, and promote a more sustainable work environment. Some of the benefits include:

  • Reduced Stress: Studies have shown that interacting with plants can lower stress and anxiety levels.
  • Improved Air Quality: Plants help purify the air by absorbing toxins and releasing oxygen.
  • Boosted Morale: Taking care of a plant fosters a sense of accomplishment and responsibility, leading to increased employee satisfaction.
  • Team Building: The program can spark conversations and encourage collaboration among colleagues as they care for the plants together.


Let’s grow together! By nurturing your plants, you nurture yourself.

Libby the service dog.