Your employees spend a vast amount of their waking time at work, so it’s important that the workplace environment is healthy and comfortable.
Over recent years “sick building syndrome” has become a worldwide concern. To tackle the problem, owners of commercial buildings should make it their responsibility to ensure buildings are good for both their tenants’ physical and mental wellbeing.
Here are five key areas that should be addressed to create a healthy and comfortable environment at work.
It’s important that your building’s occupants can control the temperature of their office space to keep their environment feeling comfortable.
There’s nothing worse than sitting in an office full of people and hot computers or machinery on a sweltering summer’s day without any air-con or work in a cold environment during the winters.
After installation, any air conditioning units will also need regular maintenance to keep them clean and operating efficiently.
Lighting plays a vital role in workers’ performance and attitude. Make sure that lights are positioned so they don’t reflect off other objects or has too much glare because this can cause eye strain and headaches.
Dirty, streaked windows can have a negative psychological effect in the same way that messy and cluttered surroundings do.
Keeping windows clean and unobstructed also lets more natural light in, which is proved to be beneficial to mental wellbeing and productivity.
Hire a professional commercial window cleaner to keep your building’s windows looking spotless from the inside out.
Spending time in nature is good for the soul, so bringing nature into our buildings wherever possible can also improve our mental and physical wellbeing.
When we breathe we take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide. During photosynthesis, plants do the opposite, they take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Bringing plants into our buildings will increase the levels of oxygen in the air.
Plants are also known to remove toxins from the air. So not only are they pumping out more oxygen for us to breathe in, they’re improving the quality of the air we breathe too.
Clean and fresh air is essential to our health and spending long periods of time in unventilated spaces will soon start to take its toll.
Without good ventilation, lots of pollutants, smells, and moisture can all build up and become trapped inside your building to create an unhealthy environment.
Lack of airflow can have negative effects on health including eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches and immune problems.
Keeping your employees happy and healthy should be a top priority at your workplace. A healthy environment at work will help you reach your goals and get ahead of your competition. Use the above suggestions for creating a more stable and healthy work environment that everyone can benefit from.