Wondering why your employee’s productivity is steadily dwindling? The state of your office’s indoor air quality might be the reason why. Some researchers conducted a study on workers whose pay was dependent on the weight of fruits picked daily. The researchers found that employees earned the least amount of cash on days with the highest level of ozone readings. This to mean that the worker’s productivity dropped as the air quality got worse. Science explains how the quality of air affects brain functions.
If you want to promote productivity at work, you need to work on the office indoor air quality. Here are some suggestions to try out.
Green office: Incorporating Nature in Your Office
Introducing some potted flowers in the office may play more purposes than just beautification. Flowers and plants, absorb carbon dioxide through the pores on the surface of their leaves then release oxygen into the air. It is through this adept process that plants and flowers purify the air. Some scientists studying air-purification abilities of indoor plants discovered that aside absorbing carbon dioxide, flowers and plants can also absorb and eliminate other volatile organic compounds such as benzene and formaldehyde. These volatile compounds cause diseases such as nausea, asthma and other respiratory diseases. As you well know, your employee’s health directly affects their productivity. So, if your office is devoid of potted plants or flowers, time to introduce some nature in that office!
Like the lungs, buildings need to breathe. Windows, doors and other structural elements all contribute to bringing in fresh air. One of your aims when choosing an office space should be natural ventilation. Offices that incorporate natural ventilation significantly reduce the costs associated with mechanical air handling equipment. After the routine cleaning of the office, ensure that all the windows are opened to let in some fresh air. Even on those bitterly cold months, ensure you open the windows at least once a day. Opening the windows or doors even just for a few minutes will allow the old damp air to exit. This introduces some freshness in the office.
Believe it or not, most offices expose employees to some pretty nasty pollutants. It’s quite common to find solvents, pesticides, and formaldehyde floating in the air. Sometimes, it’s simply some strong cologne from colleagues. Air pollution might be the reason why your employees keep complaining about getting headaches, feeling dizzy and confused. Installing air conditioning systems in the office will reduce the health effects of indoor ozone exposures thereby improving your employee’s productivity.
It’s obvious that you can’t expect productivity from someone who is constantly suffering fatigue, headaches, nausea, and other symptoms related to poor indoor air quality. Although this is not an exhaustive list of the changes you can make to increase your employee’s productivity, it’s a first step in the right direction. Inviting Classic Air Conditioning, New Braunfels to install air conditioning systems may be all you need to see that drastic change in your employee’s performance