The effects of wellbeing in the office

The effects of wellbeing in the office

Labour costs

A poor indoor environment could potentially cause a loss of productivity and cost the employer €3.600 a year. (Wensink, 2016).


Employees are the most productive at a temperature of 22°C. At this temperature, the occupants find the temperature comfortable. Humidity is a critical factor because it plays a big role in the way people experience temperature.  An uncomfortable temperature could cause 10% higher staff costs (Rosone, 2017).

In a comfortable indoor environment, there occurs 44% less type-errors and 150% higher typing output (Lang, 2004).


In an indoor office environment, the ideal humidity level is between 40% and 65% (Wensink, 2016). A regular supply of fresh air could ensure 2-4% higher productivity of employees and 0.5% less sick absence (Dekker, Hoekstra, & Pullen, 2018). An overall improvement of air quality could ensure a 6 to 9% productivity improvement (Wyon, 2004).


There is a difference between natural lighting and artificial lighting. Natural lighting ensures higher productivity rates and more focus. Lack of natural light could cause lower productivity, less focus and a bad mood. Natural lighting is essential for the biological light cycle. In an office without or with poor natural lighting this cycle could be disturbed, this could cause various health issues and sick absence. Artificial lightning needs to be set right, because poor lightning could cause problems on the eyes and this could result in less productive employees and more absence (Vivian, 2020). To much natural light on your screen could cause 5% productivity loss due to the fact you cannot see your screen optimal (Dekker, Hoekstra, & Pullen, 2018).


In the average office building the CO2 level is to high. When there is extra ventilation to reduce the CO2 level, employees will be more productive. Especially the outcome of cognitive tasks improve by 60% with lower CO2 levels.


There is difference between meaningful and non-meaningful noise. Meaningful noise is for example a conversation in the background regarding a project you are also working on. Not meaningful noise is for example, traffic and the noise of printers. Meaningful noise could cause 1 to 6% productivity loss. Not meaningful noise causes even more productivity loss (Dekker, Hoekstra, & Pullen, 2018).

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