Issues with Creating Sustainable Workplaces
Anneke Zwart, Student (University), Netherlands, Moderator
Business are increasingly focused on creating a more sustainable workplace for their workforce. A comfortable work environment is related to happier, healthier, more creative and more productive employees. Balch mentions several keys to creating a sustainable workplace:
- DESIGN INTENT: the first factor points to a problem that already start before the workplace has been built. Design intent refers to the degree to which the construction of a building conforms to what the building is actually used for. Often, there is a mismatch between the two. Example: a space without windows is great for a storage place but poor as a working place for the workforce.
- MANAGEMENT RESPONSIVENESS: another important factor is responsiveness of management. If the management readily responds to questions and complaints of the workforce with regard to the workplace environment, most people turn out to be quite bighearted (See: Hawto...