Natural Resources Defense Council BUILDING GREEN FROM PRINCIPLE TO PRACTICE
Home Build Your Business Case Set Your Budget and Goals Adopt a Whole-Building Approach Apply Sustainable Building Strategies Capitalize on Your Achievement
INCREASE EMPLOYEE SATISFACTION AND PRODUCTIVITY

By providing amenities that make your building a healthier and more comfortable place to work, you can reduce employee absenteeism and turnover while increasing productivity. Even small workplace improvements, such as installing individual temperature and ventilation controls, improving the flow of natural light and providing access to a roof garden, can have a big impact on your company's bottom line.

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The EPA estimates that building-related illnesses account for $60 billion in annual productivity lost nationwide. And according to a University of Wisconsin study, tangible costs of hiring and retaining a new employee typically range between $10,000 and $50,000 -- plus less quantifiable, but no less real, productivity costs as employees adapt to the new work environment and cultivate relationships with clients, coworkers, contractors, etc. With less absenteeism and greater employee retention, your investments in green building features will quickly pay for themselves.

  • In a 2004 survey of 719 building owners, developers, architects, engineers and consultants, Turner Construction found that 91 percent of executives involved with green buildings believed that the health and well-being of their building occupants was greater.


  • By installing skylights, fluorescent light fixtures and additional insulation to improve lighting and temperature control, Verifone's credit card verification facility in Costa Mesa, California, decreased its energy consumption 59 percent, reduced employee absenteeism by 47 percent and boosted productivity by 5 percent to 7 percent.


  • At the headquarters of the West Bend Mutual Insurance Company in West Bend, Wisconsin, green features including individual workstation controls for temperature, airflow, lighting and noise contributed to a 15 percent increase in claims processing per employee.
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