05 June 2019 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Air quality, good lighting and room temperature all significantly affect productivity.
Employers could increase worker performance by 20 per cent simply by increasing the fresh air supply in offices and meeting rooms, according to a report from Sharp Business Systems UK (SBSUK).
SBSUK, a subsidiary of Sharp Electronics Europe (SEE), has reviewed the role of indoor air quality, temperature and lighting on office worker performance and wellness in meetings.
Its 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 long meetings and combating the end-of-day productivity lull.
Office and meeting room lighting was also shown to have a significant effect on concentration and productivity - the latest research demonstrates that good lighting can improve performance by 15 per cent. Good lighting and daylight are essential to an employee's wellness and mood; findings reveal that workers in offices with windows get 46 minutes more sleep a night compared with workers without them.
Dr Nigel Oseland, environmental psychologist, said: "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."
The report, entitled Creating the Perfect Meeting Environment, can be downloaded here.