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Green office design linked with increased worker health and productivity

Green office design linked with increased worker health and productivity

Green office design linked with increased worker health and productivity

Office design is likely to have a very significant impact on the health, wellbeing and productivity of members of staff.

This is according to the findings of a new report from the World Green Building Council, which specified that the evidence behind this link is "overwhelming".

The study, titled Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices: The Next Chapter for Green Building, found that the health, satisfaction and job performance of office workers can be affected by a wide range of factors.

Among these were considerations such as air quality, lighting, views of nature and interior layout - and firms that wish to make the most of their workforce at the same time as reducing their impact on the wider environment may wish to take heed of some of the report's findings.

Indeed, a simple toolkit that businesses can use to measure the health, wellbeing and productivity of their buildings was included in the report - and this could be used to inform financial decision-making.

One way in which companies can make a start on this kind of action by simply managing their energy consumption more proactively. There are many methods of achieving this - and one way is by switching to environmentally-friendly professional cleaning services. Only biodegradable and carbon free products are used to clean premises by Aurora, so taking advantage of our services will undoubtedly help to minimise a firm's impact on the environment.

A business case for higher quality, healthy and greener buildings can be made by nurturing a wider understanding of the link between workers and their workplace. Such a development would undoubtedly prove to be highly valued by investors, developers and tenants alike.

It was noted that salaries and benefits are typically responsible for an estimated 90 per cent of an company's expenditure, which means that even small improvements in staff performance would easily justify higher construction or occupation costs.

Geoff Dutaillis, group head of sustainability at Lend Lease - one of the sponsors of the report - emphasised just how beneficial the findings could be for a company that gives serious consideration to the implications of investing in higher quality buildings.

"Whatever business you are in, you are in the business of people," he remarked, adding: "How a building 'works for people' should be the priority question."

He said workplaces with clean air, natural daylight and engaging and adaptable layouts are simple enough to create - and can lead to businesses becoming more resilient and profitable.

Chief executive officer of the World Green Building Council Jane Henley said the data puts the benefits of sustainability beyond doubt.

"The evidence linking good office design and improved health, wellbeing and productivity of staff is now overwhelming. There is unquestionably a clear business case for investing in, developing and occupying healthier, greener buildings," she commented.

"Most businesses are already sitting on a treasure trove of information that can have an immediate impact on their two biggest expenses - people and buildings," Ms Henley continued.

"Understanding the relationship between the two can help businesses achieve significant competitive advantage."

 

Posted by Jamie Kendell

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