According to a WORLD GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL report, 25th October 2016, green offices keep staff healthy and happy as well as improve productivity while boosting businesses’ bottom lines.

Simple steps like improving air quality, increasing natural light and introducing greenery – those which typically have environmental benefits such as using less energy – can also have a dramatic impact on the bottom line by improving employee productivity and reducing absenteeism, staff turnover and medical costs.

The World Green Building Council report can be seen here: the-business- case/

Beth Ambrose, Director within the Upstream Sustainability Services team at JLL, and Chair of the WorldGBC Offices Working Group, said:

“The business case for healthy buildings is being proven. All over the world, companies, both large and small, are redesigning their offices, changing working practices and trialing new technologies, to improve the wellbeing of their staff, tenants and customers.”

The World Green Building Council developed a basic framework to help companies take action to reduce absenteeism, increase productivity and staff retention. It identifies several key environmental factors which affect health and wellbeing.

By creating healthier and greener offices they claim businesses can make a positive impact on the bottom line. 8 key factors are identified in creating healthier and greener offices which can impact on the bottom line:

  1. Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation – a well-ventilated office can double cognitive ability.
  2. Thermal Comfort – staff performance can fall 6% if offices are too hot and 4% if they too cold.
  3. Daylight and Lighting – a study found workers in offices with windows got 46 minutes more sleep a night than workers without them.
  4. Noise and Acoustics – noise distractions led to 66% drop in performance and concentration;
  5. Interior Layout and Active Design – flexible working helps staff feel more in control of workload and encourages loyalty.
  6. Biophilia and Views – processing time at one call centre improved by 7-12% when staff had a view of nature.
  7. Look and Feel – visual appeal is a major factor in workplace satisfaction.
  8. Location and Access to Amenities – a Dutch cycle to work scheme saved €27m in absenteeism.The World Green Building Council report can be seen here: the-business-case/

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