Published on September 19th, 2014 | by admin
How Healthy Is Your Office Building?
Evidence strongly suggests that there is a clear correlation between efficiency at work to the environmental and social aspect of buildings.
We learn that the fundamental approach that needs to be adopted by employers revolves around the concept of creating more office space for people.
Research conducted by Green Building Councils concludes that improved health, productivity and learning outcomes are consistently achieved by working in a sustainable building too. Amongst the interesting findings revealed by Green Building Councils is that improved ventilation boosts productivity of workers by 11% and enhanced lighting leads to a 23% uplift in efficiency of employees.
Studies carried out with the aim of addressing office productivity shortcomings have highlighted three key areas of concern:
- Materials and ventilation
- Access to nature
Dealing with each of these in turn; firstly when it comes to materials and ventilation, particularly accounting for individuals prevalent to asthma and other respiratory conditions, it is vital that the office is hygienic and clean from the build of dust by using cleaning agents such as antibacterial surface wipes.
Secondly, in terms of daylighting, the importance of natural light for office buildings has only been recognised seriously in recent times. In-depth studies comparing workers in offices with windows to those without, noted stark disparities in daytime dysfunction as well as overall sleep quality.
Thirdly, when it comes to access to nature, the onus on a green office in every sense has never been greater. This encompasses everything from green office decoration in the form of an ample supply of plants which have scientific as well as aesthetic benefits, to responsibly disposing of all those used inks and toners by recycling them.
A healthy office environment could also be created by embracing recent trends for stand-up desks that alleviate common musculoskeletal aches and pains which cannot always be fully addressed even with ergonomic solutions including back supports and foot rests.