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Air Quality & Wellbeing Survey

2019

Survey Introduction

Workplace wellbeing relates to all aspects of working life: from the quality and safety of the physical environment; to how workers feel about their work; their working environment; the climate at work; and work organisation.

The aim of measures for workplace wellbeing is to complement OSH (Occupational Safety and Health) measures to make sure workers are safe, healthy, satisfied and engaged at work. With this in mind, Remark Group, in collaboration with Dr Nigel Oseland, a workplace strategist and environmental psychologist, have created this report from their ‘Air Quality & Wellbeing at Work’ survey.

The survey has been conducted with over 1,000 UK respondents, to determine whether air quality impacts a person’s workplace wellbeing, productivity and overall happiness. Dr Nigel Oseland commented: “I am shocked by the results of this survey, but not entirely surprised. Whilst we are producing some great looking modern offices, we need to pay more attention to basic human needs, to the so-called hygiene factors, such as good indoor air quality, temperature control and noise reduction. The various disciplines within the workplace industry need a concerted effort for a marked step change from sick buildings to healthy buildings. Everyone has the right to work in a healthy workplace.”

Survey Conclusion

We can see clearly from the ‘Air Quality and Wellbeing at Work’ survey results that poor indoor air quality is having a negative effect on an employee’s wellbeing and productivity. In particular the effect that air quality is having on the productivity of meetings.

Today’s office environments can drain happiness, health and even
productivity but ensuring that air quality is regulated can reduce symptoms such as headaches, fatigue and eye irritation, while increasing productivity and general wellbeing.

Air quality sensors can now monitor nine different elements, with the most important being humidity, temperature and carbon dioxide. By using air quality sensors, you can maintain the right level of air quality and enable all employees to benefit from a comfortable working environment.

It is clear that air quality does need to be monitored within the workplace to ensure that occupants are working at their highest ability. Air quality sensors are a great way of monitoring the air and assessing what needs to be done but there are multiple solutions to poor indoor air quality.

For some companies, simply opening the windows and adding more plants into the office is a great solution. Air purifiers can assist in removing contaminants from the air in a room to improve air quality. There are also living plant walls that combine the benefits of nature with technology.

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