Eight Tips For A Better Office Environment

 

The statistics relating to pollen in offices are sobering. For example, office air is up to 20 times more polluted than outside air; almost a third of  buildings suffer from Sick Building Syndrome; 64 million days a year costing £6 billion are lost to allergies, and employees who suffer from allergies are reckoned to be 40% less productive than those who don’t.

It has been estimated that the average worker with allergies misses about one hour per week over the course of a year. But that sick time is often concentrated during peak allergy periods. The pollen season can start as early as January and end as late as November so it is, to all intents and purposes, a year-round problem.

It is, however, the spring that heralds the start of really high pollen counts when runny noses, watering eyes and incessant sneezing become the norm for hay fever sufferers.

Thankfully, there are practical steps that can help protect office workers from the miserable effects of exposure to pollen. Here are seven tips for employers and their staff:

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