For the longest time, creating a workplace conducive to employee well-being and productivity mostly revolved around monitoring a comfortable indoor temperature. But in the light of the Covid outbreak, indoor air quality has garnered much priority for promoting employee health, safety, and productivity. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality inside and around buildings and structures which can affect the health of occupants. Since the impact of IAQ on employee performance can have multiple consequences on the profitability of a company, it is important to maintain it at an optimal level.
Here are three ways clean office air can increase the profitability of a company.
One of the major challenges that managers face is dealing with low productivity of teammates, and poor air quality can be a major contributor to this issue. According to a study by Harvard School of Public Health, the air quality within an office can have significant impacts on cognitive function of employees, including response times and ability to focus. The one-year study which involved participants of various fields across six different countries found that high concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) and poor ventilation were associated with slower response times and lower accuracy on a series of cognitive tests. By improving indoor air quality in the office, a company minimizes the risk of employees falling victim to the effects of poor air quality and create a healthy and comfortable environment that motivates them to perform at an optimal level.
Employee absenteeism is a major contributor of financial loss to companies. According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the productivity losses linked to absenteeism cost employers $225.8 billion annually in the United States, or $1,685 per employee. By increasing the health and wellness of employees with better indoor air quality, companies can reduce absenteeism and related financial costs. A study published by Harvard School of Public Health states that for every dollar spent on employee wellness programs, medical costs fall by $3.27 and absenteeism by about $2.73. Given the risk of contaminated air as a medium for airborne diseases such as influenza and Covid, and its ability to trigger underlying conditions such as asthma, allergies, and other respiratory problems, improving indoor air quality using an HVAC system that filter Covid and other contaminants can promote the health of employees and reduce absenteeism.
Increased Job Satisfaction
Engaging in wellness programs results in employees feeling more satisfied in their job. A company that takes initiatives on the promotion of the health and well-being of employees and encourages them to improve their health are more valued and are likely to have a higher rate of employee retention. Similarly, prioritizing the monitoring and maintenance of indoor air quality helps to make employees feel more appreciated and satisfied with the work environment provided by their employer. Working for an organization that values employee health and well-being engenders a feeling of security and happiness in employees and motivates them to perform at their best.
Indoor air quality is a vital factor in creating a workplace that promotes the health, productivity, and mood of employees, so maintaining it should be a priority for a company. One of the best ways to improve indoor air quality is to use an HVAC Diffuser, deflector or diverter equipped with a high efficiency filter capable of blocking all kinds of contaminants.
Comfort First Products’ HVAC Diffuser, deflector or diverter that filters Covid is specifically designed to eliminate compatibility issues for easy installation. Installing these in place of your existing diffuser or over your air vent will significantly improve the quality of air in your office space. Contact us to get more information on the product and tell us your indoor air treatment requirements.