A Breath of Fresh Air in the Workplace = $$$

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JLL’s Bob Best discusses the findings of a recent study linking indoor air quality with employee productivity. 

Does indoor air quality impact employee performance… and the bottom-line?

A recent study by Harvard University, The Syracuse Center for Excellence – Total Indoor Environmental Quality Laboratory and SUNY Upstate Medical School provides a definitive and resounding “Yes!”

This meticulously well-designed study varies two factors: carbon dioxide (CO2) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and gauges the cognitive performance of subjects through a software program that measures decision-making performance by simulating real-world scenarios. The results directly link less CO2 and less VOC with improved cognitive function.

The authors of the study presented their findings at the Greenbuild Conference in November, where they went a step further to present an economic analysis that indicates an investment of approximately $40/person/year to improve indoor air quality would result in improved employee performance at a value of $6,500/person/year. That means that every dollar spent to improve poor air quality translates into an estimated $162 in productivity value.

Since the cost of people is typically over 90% of a company’s costs, doesn’t it make financial sense to invest in making them more productive through a simple change, like better ventilation? Why let returns like that just disappear into thin air?


Bob-Best-85wBob Best is Executive VP for Technical Services with JLL, where he has worked in energy and sustainability, property management, new business development, marketing and a myriad of other areas since 1986. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, a Green Globes Professional, and co-author of The Green + Productive Workplace: The Office of the Future… Today. For Bob’s full bio, please click here


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