One of the ongoing economic debates raging throughout the country is whether or not green energy lives up to the hype. Is it really more efficient and sustainable or is it just the latest in trendy, temporary solutions? Does it have an effect on the workplace? A new report by the World Green Building Council, titled “Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices: The Next Chapter for Green Building” suggests green office designs could actually increase worker productivity.
According to Co.Exist, there are five specific suggestions from the study that could improve efficiency at the office. The first recommendation is utilize windows. As reported by Co.Exist, “Office workers with windows get 173% more exposure to white light during the work day, and sleep an average of 46 extra minutes a night.” Next, the article suggests improving the office’s ventilation. It says researchers found that better ventilation improved worker’s performance by 11 percent. Co.Exist also instructs bosses to provide their workers with a plant or a view because these things make employees less frustrated, more patient, healthier, and more focused on their work. If possible, they also recommend encouraging workers to take public transit, walk, or bike to the office because it will make them less likely to get sick. Lastly, Co.Exist encourages telecommuting and open offices to decrease the carbon footprint.
According to the report, the rate of absenteeism in the United States is 3 percent in the private sector and 4 percent in the public sector. It estimates that the associated business costs amount to $2,000-$2,500 per employee per year.
Even with this new report, the green debate is still very much alive. What do you think?
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