A study by the British Council for Offices (BCO) has suggested that environmentally efficient offices have a positive impact on employee satisfaction and this resulted in improved business performance.
The BCO’s latest research, ‘Improving the Environmental Performance of Offices’, describes the advantages of energy efficient offices and the positive impact of enhancing employee productivity.
The report indicates that improved energy efficiency may represent a cost saving of approximately £50 per square metre.
BCO’s latest report also suggests the advantages of engaging occupiers when addressing energy efficiency issues and it highlights the environmental performance of offices that have an impact on occupant satisfaction.
With this exercise, organisations can get a clear understanding of the environmental features that are valued by employees and issues which negatively affect them.
Businesses can transform productivity levels by focusing their investment onto those environmental issues specified by employees, while this would help in reductions of business costs.
BCO chief executive Richard Kauntze said, "This research shows that environmentally efficient offices have a positive impact on employee satisfaction, and as a result can lead to improved business performance. In order to reap the rewards, companies need to ensure their offices are delivering energy efficiency.
"It represents a significant shift in attitudes, whereby the actual environmental performance of buildings is in the spotlight and the industry has moved away from focusing on the planning, design and construction of offices as a way of assessing performance."