Did you know that office productivity is linked to air quality?
Air quality plays a significant role in workplace productivity. A study conducted by Harvard on cognitive function among office workers and exposure to volatile organic compounds, carbon dioxide and lack of ventilation laid the doubts to rest.
Research revealed that, on average, cognitive scores among subjects working in green buildings for just one day increased by 61% — and increased by 101% after just two days in green buildings. The truth is clear: air quality makes all the difference!
How Does Air Quality Impact Workplace Productivity
Indoor air—especially with lack of ventilation—often becomes more polluted than the air outdoors. Dead skin cells, pollen, bacteria, dust, dirt—all these particles and germs are recycled and pumped in and about the office space because they have nowhere to go.
As a result, most employees who are susceptible to allergies start experiencing headaches, dizziness, cold, flu, irritation, all because these allergens start triggering their senses. Prolonged exposure (given that we do spend an average of 8.5 hours at the workplace each day) leads to these conditions becoming severe, with coughs evolving into chronic bronchitis and viral and bacterial infections taking a turn for the worse.
As a result, this unhealthy workplace environment leads to other employees feeling weaker as well. Employees start falling ill more often. Viral flues start making the rounds, and sick leave ratios increase. In turn, this causes a severe reduction of productivity, which not only affects your business but employee morale as well.
Air pollution and lack of cleanliness starts negatively affecting your employees’ cognitive abilities and mood. And this leads to even further problems down the line.
Managing Indoor Air Quality
The best way to manage your office’s indoor air quality is by hiring a commercial cleaning and janitorial service in your area.
BMI Ottawa not only provides waste removal and building maintenance in Ottawa, we do so while maintaining and following green practices. This allows you to minimize your carbon footprint and play your part in saving the environment.
Investing in commercial cleaning services is a great way to add life to the workplace, and make your building seem more appealing to potential clients and stakeholders. So, get in touch with BMI Ottawa and speak to a representative to learn more about how we can help you improve your indoor air quality.