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How can you find out the impact of your buildings on your staff

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Another critical aspect of the WGBC project has been the production of a simple toolkit for businesses to begin tracking the impact of their buildings on their biggest investment: their employees.

It identified three assessment dimensions for analysis:

Financial
The most important financial metrics are: absenteeism, staff turnover, revenue, medical complaints and private medical costs, and physical complaints. Significantly, most companies will already track such indicators. Occupiers must look at this data through the lens of the building, assessing how it may impact employees.

Physical
To test the premise that the physical design of an office impacts upon employee wellbeing and productivity, it is important to gather information about the physical features of the office environment. This can be done through direct technical measurements (e.g. lux levels, CO2 levels, pollutant burden, and temperature) or qualitative assessment (e.g. quality of amenities, external views).

Perceptual
This category consists of attitudes towards and perceptions of the workplace. This can be difficult to measure, but can have significant impacts on performance. Employee perception studies can be used to gain insights in this field.

Outlook
Wellbeing and productivity are clearly complex phenomena, and must be seen in the context of the individual’s job satisfaction, work environment and organisational context. With the release of the WGBC report and the launch of the global ‘Well Building Standard’, occupiers, owners and developers can more confidently try to engage with critical health and wellbeing factors.

Our JLL Philadelphia premises provide another compelling testament to the benefits of green buildings to overall business results.

The project team took a ‘less is more’ approach, designing with a smaller footprint to accommodate 40 full-time employees. The flexible space design is positioned to accommodate for future growth, and is organised around dynamic workplace neighbourhoods that include a mix of structured and informal meeting spaces to facilitate collaboration in a variety of forms. The efficient layout utilised an adaptive daylighting control system to optimise energy consumption, which is 55% less than the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) average for existing office space. Another focus for the project was to improve indoor air quality, which was achieved through carefully selected building materials during the renovation.

“We wanted to create a space that is efficient, sustainable and also reflects the company values of collaboration, and how we view the workplace of the future. At the same time, we were hoping to create a space that is inviting for our local employees as well as employees and guests who reside elsewhere. Finally, we wanted to capture the feeling of being unique to Philadelphia while maintaining our corporate culture and brand in a fun environment,” says Michael McCurdy, Managing Director, JLL Philadelphia.

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