Eco-friendly offices boost workplace wellbeing

The demand for green offices is a popular trend for businesses and according to PWC, sustainable buildings are now a major consideration for many office tenants. Across the world, cost, environmental impact and employee wellbeing are motivating developments in the race for sustainability. Green workplaces take many forms, often with heavy emphasis on energy consumption and the use of recycled materials. Implementing environmentally friendly practices throughout workplaces is becoming commonplace.

Green offices

Pursuing environmental policies in the workplace can provide both managers and employees with a range of benefits. Research suggests that green office environments trigger improvements in employee productivity and a study by Exeter University in 2014 reported that offices with plant life led to an increase in productivity by up to 15%. Employees were also more positive about their working life and more engaged with set tasks. Owners can also save money by lowering utility bills and reducing operation and maintenance costs.

Green office policies are advantageous for attracting and retaining staff. A survey by TheLadders revealed that 90% of people would cite working for an eco-friendly organisation as important to them. Additionally, 72% stated they would choose to work at a green office over another company’s less green workspace. This demonstrates that pursuing green policies is not only beneficial to the individual worker but also the whole business. Increasing productivity through environmental initiatives will provide numerous returns for organisations.

Addressing air quality

Another issue propelling the focus on green offices is the impact of indoor air quality. Research shows a direct link between the standard of air quality and the productivity levels of workers. A 2006 investigation showed that poor air quality in the office environment could lower output by 10%. Specifically, measures such as typing speeds and task output were decreased in offices where the air quality was of a lower standard.

Air quality will also impact on the wellbeing of employees. Figures show that offices with better ventilation have 35% less short-term employee sick leave, while several studies have found links between low standards of air quality and Sick Building Syndrome. Poor air quality will also trigger a variety of illness symptoms amongst employees, ultimately generating a negative impact on the productive output of the whole firm.

Improving your workplace

Poor air quality could be the result of several circumstances inside the office building. Contaminants such as dust, chemicals, moulds or gases and environment conditions including temperature, humidity, lighting and noise will all affect the standard of air quality. Reducing air impurities can be very straightforward. Installing an air purification solution will reduce airborne pollutants or particles in order to maintain a healthy environment in the office. Occupants should be diligent in reporting any air quality issues experienced to halt any complications early on.

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Sources:

http://www.pwc.com/us/en/asset-management/real-estate/publications/emerging-trends-in-real-estate-2015.jhtml

http://info.theladders.com/inside-theladders/to-make-your-company-grow-think-green

http://senseair.se/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/1.pdf

http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2014/sep/24/office-building-design-worker-health-wellbeing-productivity