While business owners aim to control costs and cash flow, many are losing money in less obvious, but often more critical ways.
Is ignoring your work environment and wellbeing costing you your business?
The results of an employee sickness survey published by EEF in June this year has revealed that average sick pay cost per employee is £374.
This equates to a total cost of £1 billion for the manufacturing sector alone!
Sick staff are more than just an inconvenience for small companies – they could force them out of business altogether. UK firms have now lost the right to reclaim their statutory sick pay (SSP) costs – the minimum amount that must be paid to sick staff by all employers, regardless of size, for a period of up to 28 weeks.
Stress is one of the most common causes for employee absence which, in an office building, can be easily mitigated by the consideration of environmental factors.
A scientific study by a team from the University of Lancashire in 2011 looked at the employee responses to the introduction of plants in their work place with benefits including productivity, attitude towards pressure, privacy and comfort. Notably, sickness absence reduced substantially in the area that was enhanced through indoor planting.
These miracles of nature don’t only enhance a workspace visually. The perception of a greener building is that it looks more luxurious but is, in reality, cheaper to install and maintain than other interior finishes. Studies carried out in the USA into “sick building” syndrome in some of the most expensive corporate office structures have discovered that those with a good distribution of plants actually have fewer airborne moulds and bacteria than those that don’t. Think how much reduced airborne pollutants could help minimise the cost and inconvenience of sickness in your organisation!
Find out how Aureo Group’s distinctive interior landscaping can enhance your office space and wellbeing or call 0345 305 8384 and speak with one of our advisors for a free design consultation.