The air you breathe in office environments while sitting at your desk is an important factor affecting productivity. What is that smell coming from your conference room? Who was sticking up the corner chair? Is there enough ventilation in your building so employees can breathe fresh air rather than stagnation from a filtering system? What about the temperature in your room? These questions, and many more need to be considered inducing the most productive solution possible.
Optimal Room Temperature
Let’s start with the temperature in your room. The ideal temperature in an office is between 68 degrees and 76 degrees Fahrenheit. the humidity should be between 20% and 60%. Colder office environments lead to higher productivity because heat has a tendency to affect our thinking in negative ways.
What’s That Smell?
The odors in a room affect everybody both while working on a project and when eating their lunch. Trash bins should be emptied at least weekly, sometimes more often depending on the things thrown into the trash.
For example, discarded foods are likely to arrive in your break room trash bin more often than in an employee’s office. Therefore, the garbage in your break room should be emptied every other day at a minimum to minimize moldy food smells.
The Chair In The Corner
The furniture people sit on and use throughout the day can accumulate odors. One way to prevent odor build-up is to make sure all furniture contains mesh to allow the free flow of air through it. You may have noticed seating at bus and train stops use a metal grid for this reason.
Some smells can improve productivity for us. It has been shown that peppermint and cinnamon are both beneficial to your nose. It’s no accident some offices have a bowl of peppermint candy out for anybody to snack on. Your morning meal may include donuts and cinnamon rolls, the latter is especially helpful for improving productivity.
Air Quality in Office Environments
The bad quality of the air in office environments can be caused by the use of everyday chemicals. These can originate from printer toner or the waste bin in a copier. Machines that output smoke can also raise the carbon monoxide levels if there isn’t adequate ventilation space available. While some regions ban smoking indoors, there are several businesses that outright ban smoking regardless of local laws.Using #plants in an #office is an excellent way to improve your air qualityClick To Tweet
Using plants in an office is an excellent way to improve your air quality as long as the plants are maintained. Any unmaintained plant may as well be kindling sticks otherwise they become a fire hazard. These days there are automated watering systems available for indoor plants. Some of these systems use a timer to let out water regularly while others are connected to thermostats and weather systems via IFTTT (If This Then That).
Automated systems make sure a plant only receives water based on local conditions. The general rule of (a green) thumb is to have one plant for every three employees. Try to locate plants in strategic places around your office rather than all clustered together in the corner of one room.
It’s a combination of the temperature in your room, odors, air quality, or green shrubs out and about at your company. Everyone in the room benefits when the air they breathe is pleasant and cheerful rather than nasty and unbearable.
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