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Environmental conditions in the workplace have a major impact on productivity

Indoor air quality, lighting and room temperature all significantly affect productivity according to a new report from Sharp Business Systems UK (SBSUK), a subsidiary of Sharp Electronics Europe (SEE).

The new report, which reviews the role of indoor air quality, temperature and lighting on office worker performance and wellness in meetings, highlights the importance of creating the right conditions for meetings in order to boost productivity, and reveals employers could increase worker performance and wellness by 20 per cent simply by increasing the fresh air supply in offices and meeting rooms.

The report identifies temperature as a key environmental factor that has an impact on memory recall, attention span, and creativity, which all affect performance. With the ideal meeting temperature recorded anywhere between 20°C to 25°C, gradually decreasing the temperature to 18°C one hour before the end of the working day was found to boost productivity and increase employee performance by 4.1 per cent, which could be beneficial for lengthy meetings and combatting the end of day productivity lull.

Office and meeting room lighting was also found to have a significant impact on concentration and productivity, with the latest research revealing good lighting can improve performance by 15 per cent. Good lighting and daylight are essential to employee’s wellness and mood, with findings showing that workers in offices with windows had 46 minutes more sleep a night compared to workers without them.

Workplace psychologist, Dr. Nigel Oseland who developed the report with Sharp commented: “Studies have repeatedly shown that uncomfortable environmental conditions can negatively affect performance in the general office space and meeting rooms. This provides a strong business case to control and adapt these conditions in order to boost productivity and worker performance in meetings.”

Chris Parker, Senior Product Manager at Sharp, added: “Advancements in collaboration technologies, together with the capabilities offered by IoT and cloud platforms mean it’s now easier than ever for businesses to get better value from their meetings. When you know the temperature of a meeting room and you can send that data to the cloud, and from the cloud, communicate this to your heating and cooling system to take an action, you have a system that adapts to how your meeting spaces are used. We believe this is the start of a revolution in smart spaces.”

The report, titled ‘Creating the perfect meeting environment’ can be downloaded here.

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