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“Overwhelming evidence” linking office design with staff health & productivity

According to a major new report from the World Green Building Council, there is “overwhelming evidence” which demonstrates the design of an office significantly impacts the health, wellbeing and productivity of its staff.

The report, Health, wellbeing and productivity in offices: The next chapter for green building, finds that a range of building design features from air quality and daylighting, to views of nature and interior layout, can affect the health, satisfaction and job performance of office workers.

The report - sponsored by JLL, Lend Lease and Skanska - also presents for the first time a simple toolkit which businesses can use to measure the health, wellbeing and productivity of their staff and relate this back to the physical features of buildings.

Measures includes absenteeism, staff turnover, medical complaints and revenue – data which is already collected but not typically available on a building-by-building basis.

The report suggests that design features which are commonly associated with green buildings can enable healthy and productive environments for their occupants, but acknowledges that low carbon buildings are not automatically healthier and more productive for occupants.

World Green Building Council CEO Jane Henley said: “The evidence linking good office design and improved health, wellbeing and productivity of staff is now overwhelming. There is unquestionably a clear business case for investing in, developing and occupying healthier, greener buildings.

“This is something that office occupiers can demonstrate for themselves. Most businesses are already sitting on a treasure trove of information that may yield immediate improvement strategies for their two biggest expenses – people and buildings. Understanding the relationship between the two can help businesses achieve significant competitive advantage.”

 

Lend Lease Group Head of Sustainability Geoff Dutaillis added: “Whatever business you are in, you are in the business of people. How a building ‘works for people’ should be the priority question.

“This report provides further evidence that workplaces with clean air, natural daylight and engaging and adaptable layouts all contribute to making healthier, happier and more motivated individuals who create stronger, more resilient and profitable companies.”

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