What are Your Goals for Your Building?
Your company occupies a building. You’re a smart business, so you have goals for your building.
They could be:
- Making it energy-efficient so you save money and help the environment
- Being as green as possible
- Keeping it clean and organized
- Rebranding it to fit your organization’s personality and target customer
Those are all good goals, and ones that we wouldn’t disagree with. However, when you focus on these, you’re leaving out one important goal: health.
Buildings, for the most part, don’t cause catastrophic disease. You could say certain kinds of manufacturing buildings leave employees exposed to all kinds of diseases, including cancer. But, that has more to do with the product. For purposes of this post, we’re simply talking about the building itself.
Did you know that a building, simply because it is a building, can adversely affect your employee’s health? It’s called “sick building syndrome.” This condition includes symptoms like headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and cold and flu-like symptoms. However, there’s one big problem: no clear cause for these symptoms exist. There are many degrees of “sick building syndrome”. If the employee just feels bad but has no fever and does not fever and does to feel bad enough to take a sick day, then they work but their productivity is lower than if they felt well. How much does this loss production cost you per employee? When multiplied by the number of employees on your staff who experience this to some degree, how much does this cost you per day; per year?
Although some of these causes are unrelated to the health of the building such as tense interpersonal relationships and stress and cannot be corrected by making the building healthier. However, many of those directly related to the building can be corrected such as unhealthy particles and VOC’s in the air and on the surfaces can and should be corrected. A healthier building improves occupant’s health, morale and productivity.
Why Doesn’t Your Building’s Impact on Health Get More Attention?
Honestly, we’re not sure. But, it could be because of inadequate technology. These days, technology can help you link things like employee absenteeism to certain conditions present in your building. That’s not always been possible.
But now, it is. In fact, scientific instruments can tell you the levels of particles and VOCs present in the air and the germs on the surfaces. Then, you could construct a plan around their minimization.
And now, building sanitizing services can help you dramatically reduce those VOCs, and other unwanted particles. When the levels of those particles go down, you have fewer employee illnesses and greater attendance and productivity.
But, here’s the problem: this is a new and emerging industry. Very few companies do it. Most still focus on simply keeping your building clean as far as can be with the naked eye, but that’s it. & Unfortunately, germs and VOC’s cannot be seen with the naked eye. Even though chemicals and disinfectants are used, millions of germs, viruses, and bacteria still exist.
So, that’s why health needs to be your building’s top goal. Forward-thinking companies that will dominate their niches in the future will certainly make it their top priority.