New report: office design linked with staff health & productivity

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A new report from the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) finds “overwhelming evidence” that office design significantly impacts the health, wellbeing and productivity of staff.

Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices: The next chapter for green building, finds that a range of factors – from air quality and lighting, to views of nature and interior layout – can affect the health, satisfaction and job performance of office workers.

“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,” says Ms Jane Henley CEO of WorldGBC, “Most businesses are already sitting on a treasure trove of information that can have an immediate impact on their two biggest expenses – people and buildings. Understanding the relationship between the two can help businesses achieve significant competitive advantage.”

Understanding the link between workers and their workplace helps to drive the business case for higher quality, healthy and greener buildings, valued by investors, developers and tenants alike.

With salaries and benefits typically responsible for 90 percent of an organisation’s expenditure, any higher construction or occupation costs are far outweighed by even small improvements in staff performance.

“The workforce is an integral part of any organisation, regardless of its size, scope or scale. Therefore, it is imperative for organisations to keep their staff healthy to optimise workplace productivity,” says Mr Ng Eng Kiong, President of the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC), echoing Ms Henley’s sentiments.

“The report’s findings show that buildings can maximise benefits for its occupants while still keeping its environment footprint small. Therefore, the onus is on constructing higher quality buildings that are sustainable, healthy and productive,” Mr Ng adds.

The report – sponsored by JLL, Lend Lease and Skanska – also presents a simple toolkit that businesses can use to measure the health, wellbeing and productivity of their buildings and make more informed financial decisions.

 

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For media enquiries, please contact:

Karen Jamal
Communications
World Green Building Council
Email: karen@kjcommunications.com
Office: +61 2 6288 3419

About World Green Building Council

The World Green Building Council connects a global coalition of more than 100 not-for-profit organizations and 27,000 visionary companies with a single mission: to drive the buildings sector towards sustainability and ensure our buildings deliver their full potential. Green Building Councils work locally to define and deploy best practice in the market, help governments shape policy, and build a culture of cross-sector collaboration. Our collective movement scales the local to the global: protecting the natural environment, enhancing the health and well-being of individuals and whole communities, improving energy security and resource efficiency, and creating green growth and jobs.

See: www.worldgbc.org

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