(Originally Published November 22, 2017)
A recent report published by Harvard, SUNY Upstate Medical School, and Syracuse University breathes life into the relationship between building air quality and work performance. In particular, the study highlighted the following results:
SYMPTOMS INCLUDE DECREASED ATTENTION SPAN AND PRODUCTIVITY
A YouGov survey noted that 70% of employees believed that poor air quality impacted their performance. Since inadequate air quality is sometimes related to poor air circulation or limited sunshine in a working space, there are a multitude of issues that arise for employees and professional teams. Employees from the same study, as noted by BESA, regularly suffered from these symptoms as a direct result of poor air quality in the office:
Beyond these initial symptoms, the long term damage and degradation to health are considerable. Companies should consider how they can carefully mitigate air quality issues by understanding the causes of these issues.
Air quality is comprised of ventilation, which means adequate air flow, filtration of pollutants, and proper air temperature. Air quality can be adversely affected if any of these factors are off balance, leading to the symptoms reported above. Here are the factors that contribute to the air quality within an office.
These causes of poor office air quality are quite common and unfortunately are affecting team members in Kitchener and all over Ontario. This issue is especially dire during summer months or when the A/C fails to function properly. Office managers and business owners should look at the following strategies for maintaining adequate air quality.
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Without a big-picture view, there is only so much that can be done to manage the office's air quality. That's why at Kitchener Clean our team employs a comprehensive approach to maintaining office cleanliness, looking beyond indoor qualities. This is because air quality is defined by the quality of air both inside and outside the office. This indicates that short cuts to cleaning an office are ultimately a short-term solution, failing to take into account the ecosystem in which an office is situated. Kitchener Clean is passionate about cleaning for the environment and has a non-toxic cleaning approach.
"An office full of people almost guarantees that somebody will not be happy with the cleaning service! But since we've started using Kitchener Clean at our office, there has not been one complaint! Friendly, efficient and thorough, I would highly recommend this company!"
Office managers need to cater to multiple staff needs and requirements. Offices that are Kitchener Clean immediately make an impression on the office staff. The above testimonial conveys how working with a quality service provider can make a huge difference for the entire staff.
HEALTHY WORKSPACES WITH GREAT AIR QUALITY IMPROVES TEAM PERFORMANCE
At Kitchener Clean, we are dedicated to helping create safe and healthy work environments. Air quality issues can wreak havoc in your workplace. It might mean less focused employees or reduced sleep quality, meaning long term negative impacts to the team's health and productivity.
Hiring an experienced cleaning company who knows to clean all the usually forgotten nooks and crannies and how to avoid mould and dust build up will help keep your office space clean and your workers healthy. We believe that everyone should be entitled to breathe clean, chemical-free air at work. That's why we are dedicated to providing non-toxic and environmentally friendly cleaning solutions that are safer than traditional cleaning methods.