Air Quality Triggering Anxiety in the Workplace
74 percent of hybrid workers worry about the impact of poor air quality on general health, according to research by building intelligence platform, Infogrid
Infogrid, a leader in smart building technology, has released its annual air quality index report entitled “Air Quality and Health in the Workplace: Key Insights and Hybrid Worker Perspectives.” The survey of more than 4,000 US and UK respondents reveals employee concerns over the impact of workplace air quality on general health and productivity, and calls for employers to take action.
“The pandemic has undoubtedly prompted greater awareness and concerns over air quality in the workplace—and employees are finally speaking up,” said Ross Sheil, Senior Vice President at Infogrid. “Our findings not only show that employees are worried about their health, they are calling for their employers and governments to act now. This is just the tip of the iceberg; indoor air quality will be on the agenda for years to come.”
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Key findings include:
- Employees are concerned about indoor air quality (IAQ). The numbers are unambiguous. In the US, 74 percent of employees are concerned that poor IAQ is impacting their general health.
- Younger employees are more likely to worry about IAQ. In the US, 85 percent of respondents aged 18 to 34 were either fairly or very concerned, while in the UK, two thirds (66 percent) were concerned.
- Employees relate disease to air quality. A significant minority of respondents—29 percent in the US and 21 percent in the UK— worry about catching COVID-19 and other illnesses due to poor ventilation.
- Employees know CO2 hurts their productivity and health. The most surprising revelation from the survey is employees’ high awareness of the impact of carbon dioxide (CO₂) on workplace performance. In the US, 77 percent (and 61 percent in the UK) said they were aware that CO₂ levels impact productivity.
- A sizable minority do not trust workplace ventilation. 20 percent in the US and 17 percent in the UK simply don’t believe that ventilation systems are adequate, an uncomfortable finding for facilities managers and architects.
- Employees want their organizations to do more about IAQ. Roughly 4 in 10 say their company does enough to improve air quality, while 4 in 10 say their employer does not. About 8 percent said their organization is doing nothing.
- There is widespread belief that improved IAQ should be policy. 31 percent of respondents in the US and 29 percent in the UK say that providing clean air is “vitally important” for a healthy workplace.