HBR Research: Stale Office Air Is Making You Less Productive


Harvard’s director of the Healthy Buildings program at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Joseph G. Allen, has been bringing light to an issue we’ve been discussing for years:  IAQ is directly correlated to our health and wellness.

Spending time in fresh air, surrounded by nature, has been said to increase one’s energy by 90% – why not offer the same effect for your employees in the office environment?!  AtmosAir’s indoor air purification system makes it possible for office employees to refresh their lungs while working with the same clean, pure air found only at the highest mountain elevations!

Allen notes, “How often do you consider the air quality in your office and how it affects employees and their productivity? Chances are it’s not often.  There is a tendency to assume that, if commonly used standards for air quality are met, it won’t be an issue. But these standards aren’t very high.”

Dating back to the 1970’s, ‘efforts to conserve energy in the U.S. included tightening up buildings and reducing ventilation rates so buildings didn’t have to bring as much fresh air inside.  This inadvertently led to a buildup of indoor pollutants and the birth of a phenomenon known as “sick building syndrome,” a set of symptoms such as eye irritation, headaches, coughing, and chest tightness that is still an issue today.’

The need to ensure and enhance employee productivity is a reality no business can ignore, and companies are understanding the value of keeping their workforce healthy and more productive.  Gensler and JLL state that it’s worth over $1,500 – $2,000 per employee in less absenteeism with cleaner air.

Harvard Business Review article in its entirety here: https://hbr.org/2017/03/research-stale-office-air-is-making-you-less-productive