It is not groundbreaking news that there are links between workplace environment and productivity.
When we look back at the 19th century it was proven that the even amongst all the grime and squalor, the more enlightened factory owners realised that cramped, poorly lit, poorly ventilated, cold and dangerous working conditions hit them in the pocket, as miserable and sick staff could not work effectively.
Nevertheless this is still an aspect of facilities management is often dismissed. Businesses tend to focus on keeping everything running efficiently and, of course, costs. Considering that, on average, 90 per cent of a business’s expenses go to salaries, and just 1 per cent on energy bills, there appears to Red Rock to be an imbalance.
Where is the value for money?
Surely the well-being of a company’s most expensive asset should be higher up the list of priorities?
There are many ways facilities management can help a company to get the best out of its environments conducive to a healthy, happy, hard working workforce. Most are general however below are some simple changes that can be implemented now in order to keep everything running smoothly and control costs. It’s a win win!
1. Smart Lighting
Red Rock have noticed that an overwhelming majority of people rely on their eyes to work, and that makes light levels immensely important. Especially when working for long periods of time on screens is required. Whether too low or too bright, inappropriate light levels can make it hard to see what we are doing and risk causing eye strain and headaches. A key factor to remember when considering office lights, is the balancing of natural light with artificial, this creates a constructive environment that allows productivity to flow.
Smart lighting systems can use sensors to automatically adjust indoor lighting to enable the sum of both to always be at the best possible levels for people’s eyes. The added bonus of smart lighting is that it saves a pretty penny on energy, as the electrical lights with never be on when their not needed.
2. Clean Air, Clear Minds
Air quality is a critical factor in people’s long term health and well-being. When contemplating pollution most people consider this to be an outdoor issue. However this actually effects the indoor environment too.
Chemicals found in building materials, furnishings, utilities and cleaning products all leak out into the air, that each body present is exposed to. A well maintained, efficient air conditioning system makes a huge difference to the air quality and simultaneously the productivity of the worker’s minds.
To find out Red Rock’s final three simple changes to make today for a more effective facilities management boosting worker productivity, click here.