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Research has found that offices outfitted to look more like the natural world lead to happier, healthier and more productive employees. (Photo: Mike Kane/Bloomberg)

The modern office is starting to look more like a Rainforest Cafe than a place of business. Amazon.com Inc.’s new Seattle headquarters has 40,000 plants. Down the coast, every other floor in Samsung’s two-and-a-half-year-old San Jose office space is a garden. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. wants all employees in its Hangzhou workplace to be no more than a one-minute walk from an outdoor green space.

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