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WHY IMPLEMENT HEALTH & WELLNESS MEASURES IN OFFICE?

Posted on June 2nd, 2015

Can you imagine a home without a family or a building without people?

The answer would be, ‘’Never’’.

Who would enjoy or avail of the facilities, infrastructure, etc if there are no occupants?

Buildings won’t be worthwhile then. Therefore, while looking for a commercial space focus should be donned on the betterment of the people, apart from location, infrastructure and other amenities.

We spend more than 80% of our time, indoors – be it in the office or at home.
Working class spends their most productive hours in office. They work; get exhausted; feel stressed; gather courage and start working again. This is the cycle that they follow. Needless to say that medical science has been a witness to the increase in sick building syndromes and other health hazards that are caused due to unhealthy work atmosphere. Even improper cooling and lighting can affect one’s health.

There are many luxury serviced offices that give a good look and feel. However, not all of them are able to keep the occupants well. Thankfully, architects, doctors and scientists have realized this just in time. As a result, sustainability added another dimension to itself, “indoor environment quality”. It’s no more about just making buildings, green but also benefiting occupants by increasing their productivity level and helping them in reducing their medical bills. Hence, it is imperative that indoor environment quality is well-maintained as it alone can raise the bar of health and wellness quotient in the office.

This concept has been appreciated by a lot of commercial building owners. There are many business centres in India that have also started practicing certain activities that help in enhancing the human experience.

What are the areas that are targeted for improving indoor environment quality?
• Lighting systems
• Acoustic Levels
• Air Quality
• Water Quality
• Food and Nutrition
• Workstations and more. .

There is a business centre that provides furnished office space in South Delhi has been able to improve its indoor environment quality by:
• Improving the indoor air quality
• Replacing CFLs with LEDs while maintaining the Lux levels
• Maintaining the sound levels
Indoor Air Quality is their USP, which is a value to their customers. They grow their own fresh air. They do it with the help of +1,200 indoor air purifying plants which detoxify the indoor air and enrich it with oxygen.

Due to good indoor air quality, they have been able to reduce the incidences of eye irritation; respiratory symptoms, lung impairment and asthma of the occupants to a significant extent. Central Pollution Control board and the Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute have rated it as the healthiest ready-to-move-in office building in India.
It has also helped in increasing the productivity level of the occupants by 20 percent. Productive people stay active and healthy. They perform better which is symbiotic to the benefits of the business and the occupants.

Then, why not take health and wellness measures in the office?

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