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Comfort is King, Comfort is Key… at work

Portrait of relaxed business woman in office. Relax and freedom concept

 

Let’s take a look at some numbers real fast:

 

  • A typical nine-to-five job contains 8 work hours per day
  • Assuming two weeks of paid leave (holidays, sick days, and vacation), there are roughly 50 work weeks per year

 

So, all said and done, an employee will spend approximately 2000 hours per year in their office—close to half of their waking lives. And, another good chunk of time will be spent simply traveling to and from their respective facilities.

 

It’s no surprise, then, that company culture—and especially employee comfort—has become such a premium aspect of talent acquisition over the past decade. According to a recent piece by Entrepreneur:


“A career means much more than a stable place to work for 25 years and employees are looking at company values, meaning, community, and culture. This leads us to today’s workplace landscape, in which HR leaders consider culture and engagement their number-one challenge, according to a recent study by Deloitte University Press.”

 

Consider companies like Google, which aim to attract the best and brightest programmers in their field. At their Silicon Valley campus, you’ll find free food, meditation pods, and even dedicated massage parlors. The company has invested in their employees because they want their employees to invest in them. What’s more, Google is smart enough to know that creative solutions typically come from comfortable employees. In fact, recent research has revealed that, on average, happiness makes people 12% more productive. And, inversely, “companies with a low level of employee engagement have a 33 percent annual decline in operating income and an 11 percent annual decline in growth,” according to a 2014 Forbes piece.

 

At CrowdComfort, our work aims to serve as an extension for these philosophies, helping give a voice to all employees so that they can quickly log opportunities to improve their own days. Should a wing of a building become too cold on a cloudy afternoon, for instance, an employee can simply log the issue and alert a facility manager, who can in turn use that request to inform thermostat settings. And, we believe that the more data inputs a facility manager has, the more customized a facility will become to its purpose.

 

To learn more about how CrowdComfort has found an ideal blend of employee comfort and high-quality facility management, schedule some time to talk.

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