Can office buildings help productivity?

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Staff costs, including salaries and benefits, typically account for about 90% of business operating costs

What’s more, for most employers, a healthy, happy workforce is a vital component of a productive, successful business in the long-term too

Therefore it follows that that the productivity of staff, or anything that impacts their ability to be productive, should be a major concern for any organisation

Small differences in staff performance and productivity can have a large effect on the organisation as well as the individuals

There is overwhelming evidence which demonstrates that the design of an office impacts the health, wellbeing and productivity of its occupants

But it is increasingly clear that there is a difference between office environments that are simply not harmful – and environments that positively encourage health and wellbeing, and stimulate productivity

For example, productivity improvements of 8-11% are not uncommon as a result of better air quality in the workplace

Several studies in the last decade have estimated productivity gains as a result of proximity to windows, with experts now thinking that the views out are probably the more significant factor, particularly where the view offers a connection to nature

In addition, being productive in the modern office is practically impossible when noise provides an unwanted distraction

The report summarises a large range of factors associated with an office’s physical environment.

It suggests a strong causal relationship between design and individual’s health, wellbeing and productivity

So to improve your organisation’s productivity, consider the impact your building is having and could have….