Friday, October 27, 2017

Stale Office Air Is Making You Less Productive

From the Harvard Business Review:


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, as long as commonly used standards for air quality are met, it won’t be an issue. But these standards aren’t very high. One common international standard that governs how much air is brought in from outside, “Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Quality,” does not even purport to assure “healthy” air quality.

In the 1970s, 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...

We found that breathing better air led to significantly better decision-making performance among our participants.

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