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“Comfort Keys” Your Company Can’t Get Wrong

Master the 4 Comfort Keys!

Comfort at the office can disrupt productivity, and cause “unworkable” conditions. Make sure you follow these for “Comfort Keys.”

 

We understand that different organizations have different needs—and we work hard to make sure our solutions always allow for flexibility and customization. But, despite industry and personal preferences, there are still four aspects of building management that run consistent across every building we visit. GET THESE RIGHT!

 

Lighting

 

There’s been a tremendous uptick in research about light ergonomics over the past few decades—and for good reason. Improper lighting can lead to headaches, eye damage, and a general decrease in productivity. And yet, it’s one of the areas most companies think about least when considering low-cost improvements to their spaces.

 

If you’re ready to make a change, research shows that lensed-indirect lighting is far superior to parabolic in terms of comfort and general aesthetics. What’s more, facilities should encourage employees to take note of how their monitors and screens may be reflecting glares (in addition to taking time away from looking at their screens every hour). Small changes like these have a big impact on the “mood” of a space, and can help improve employee well-being.

 

Internet — 

Like it or not, the internet is the lifeblood of modern communications (both inside and outside the office). As such, making sure service is consistent—and reliable—across all portions of an office is of paramount importance. And, the good news is that diagnostics are pretty simple: simply try to load an online video from different portions of your building and see whether certain areas experience any difficulty.

 

Additionally, organizations should poll their employees on the quality of service their business phones receive inside different portion of the building. Should an area consistently drop or miss calls, facility managers can install “wireless network extenders” to improve cell reception. These devices are cheap, and typically a far better option than missing client calls.

 

Temperature —

This one should be an obvious comfort concern—especially when considering the prospects of working in extreme cold or extreme heat (each of which is pretty miserable). But, due to personalized preferences and disparate clothing choices, finding an ideal compromise from between all employees can be difficult. Generally, however, the standard range is between 69 – 73 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

Of special importance, here, is to ensure that thermostat settings are reflective of what those in your space are actually feeling. Faulty insulation, window seals, and building openings can lead to uneven heating and cooling, and represent problems worth addressing sooner than later. Check with tenants throughout your building regularly to ensure they’re happy with settings.

 

Sound — 

Building construction and layout plays a big role in how sound travels from one space to another. The divide between warehouses and offices, for instance, needs to be well-insulated and generally closed off if workers inside are expected to concentrate on tasks unperturbed by those outside.

 

While open workspaces do offer lots of improvements for collaboration, they also tend to create acoustic environments more difficult for individual thinking and problem-solving. As noted in a study of roughly 3700 participants, 60% of those surveyed said they could get more done if it was quieter, while 50% said noises kept them from being as productive as they could be. If you are working with an open office, be sure to maintain some quiet, usable space for individuals who need it. “Acoustical Comfort” can either promote, or crush, productivity.

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