Employers know all too well that sick workers lead to lost time and productivity, but just how much does it cost companies?
A recent report showed that paid time off from work caused Australian businesses to spend more than $37 billion for 2015-2016. This figure didn’t include direct expenses such as healthcare. If you’ve been thinking about improving morale and productivity, redesigning your office could be a good solution.
Biophilic designs that involve natural elements for office spaces like timber or cedar cladding, as supawood.com.au noted, can improve productivity among workers by 15%. Biologist Edward Wilson said that this benefit stems from our ‘innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life’.
Sometimes, asking feedback from employees is a good way to determine their perception of their working environment. Wilson’s report revealed that more than 30% of office employees in the country are unsatisfied with their workplace environment. On the contrary, office designs that used wooden elements led to better concentration among employees, improved moods, and productivity.
Cost of Sickness
Employers may think that office workers face a lesser form of risk since they only spend most of their time in a familiar place, unlike more dangerous jobs such as construction or law enforcement. However, companies may be spending on paying financial assistance for sick employees more than they think.
Fatigue often serves as the most common cause of sickness at the office. Aside from mandated sick leaves, employers are also spending on workers’ compensation and life insurance for their workers depending on the longevity of their absences. It may be hard to believe that a good office design could prevent all of this, yet giving it a try will be more affordable than continually paying income support.
When choosing among different workplace designs, consider how wooden elements can add life to your office spaces. The extra expense may prove to be cost-efficient in the long-term, especially if it means higher productivity and fewer employees who call in sick.