Air quality and ventilation
A well-ventilated space can double the cognitive capabilities of those working in it.
An overheated office can reduce employee output by 6%, while a space which is too cold can take off 4%.
Natural light and lighting
According to a study into office lighting, employees working in spaces with windows slept 46 minutes more – and were therefore better rested – than those in offices without natural light.
Noise and acoustics
Distracting noises reduce employee concentration and performance by 66%.
Furnishings and flexibility
The ability to work flexible hours and to make changes to their workstations helps employees to harmonise their personal and professional lives, increasing their loyalty to the organisation.
A room with a view
Through-put times in call centres increased by between 7% and 12% when staff were able to look out of their workspace onto greenery.
Sight, smell, and touch
In an otherwise minimalist office space, natural colours, textures, and materials as well as indoor plants an increase employees sense of wellbeing by up to 47%; creativity goes up by 45% and productivity by 38%.
Location and services
Office spaces with good public transport connections, cycling provision (offering bikes and shower facilities), and healthy food choices or other lifestyle offerings reduce employee absence to the tune of £27 million, as programmes such as “Cycle to work” in the Netherlands show.
Source: World Green Building Council – Better Places for People