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Can building automation improve employee productivity?

Well, both the short and long answers to this question are a resounding yes, but there are several factors that are important to know and understand. Today, the issues surrounding enhanced employee productivity are diverse and widespread. Certainly, factors relating to compensation, life/work balance, scheduling flexibility and company culture all play active roles in productivity, and there’s plenty of research that shows a satisfied workforce is far more productive than a workforce that is disgruntled. But can building automation play a role in promoting a joyful workplace? Yes, it certainly can…and does.

In on-gong research being conducted at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, professors identified nine foundations of a healthy office building which they have dubbed Health Performance Indicators (HPIs) as a nod to Key Performance Indicators in the business world. The nine HPIs are Air Quality, Thermal Health, Moisture, Dusts & Pests, Safety & Security, Water Quality, Noise, Lighting & Views and Ventilation. Researchers call these “Buildingomics” for they critically influence human health, well-being and productivity.

New studies are showing that employee comfort is impacting productivity and that building automation can be a driving force behind that productivity. For example, in Helsinki, where building automation is reaching new levels of analytics, employees at some companies are outfitted in wearable technology to determine their stress levels via pulse rates vs. their “perfect flow level” and how their environment impacts their well-being.

It’s not difficult to figure out that building automation providers like H&H Group Holdings can impact employee productivity through levels of increased comfort, lighting, safety and security and the other HPIs, but the most enlightening developments are that the ROI for building automation costs and services moves beyond calculating energy, waste and water savings, and moves toward the payback that better morale, stronger culture and a more satisfied workforce brings to the bottom line.