Companies make the choice to go Green and reduce their environmental impact for a number of reasons, from their corporate vision and philosophy to cost-savings. But there’s one more important reason that is often overlooked –greener workplaces can boost employee productivity. In fact, studies have shown that employees working in green-certified offices boast a 26% boost in cognition, and 30% fewer sickness related absences, and improved sleep quality.
The right way to reduce your company’s environmental impact
As with anything, there is a right and a wrong way of going green. For example, if your company wants to improve its energy usage, the answer is not to turn down heating and cooling – this will likely result in unproductive and unhappy employees. The trick is to hit the sweet spot, ecologically-speaking, and this results in a positive change in your company’s direction and in employee happiness. Here’s how.
- Air quality: Poor air quality is bad for the environment and worse for your employees – not only can it make people feel sluggish and unable to concentrate, it can also trigger respiratory problems like allergies and asthma, which can directly impact on productivity. Focusing on creating well-ventilated offices that deliver fresh, clean air from an energy-efficient system reduces energy expenditure and has been shown to boost cognitive performance, as well as reduce sick days.
- Natural light: Flickering artificial light, lack of daylight and excessive lighting have a negative impact on cognitive performance and can result in depression, eye strain, headaches and high electricity bills. Emphasizing natural light, for example, incorporating glass partition walls into your office, improves views and access to daylight, which has been shown to decrease electricity bills and increase productivity by over 5%.
- Bring in the outdoors: Nature itself has an uplifting and positive affect on your mindset as well as improving air quality. Open garden spaces for meetings and breaks, indoor wall gardens, and potted plants are the ideal way to incorporate this concept into your office.
Bring in the light with a high-quality glass partition wall system
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