Survey your workplace environment


ISSN: 0263-2772

Article publication date: 1 May 2000




Pickles, J. (2000), "Survey your workplace environment", Facilities, Vol. 18 No. 5/6.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2000, MCB UP Limited

Survey your workplace environment

Edited by Jenny Pickles,New Developments Section Editor

Survey your workplace environment

Keywords Work design, Health and safety, Absenteeism

A growing number of organisations are realising the impact of the workplace environment upon the productivity and wellbeing of employees. This is a "hidden" aspect of the workplace which is frequently neglected or ignored. The regard, or lack of it, for wider issues relating to personal comfort, safety, health and the provision and quality of welfare facilities within any workplace contributes to the ever present "bottom line" through sickness, absence, accidents, staff turnover, low morale, maintenance issues and management costs.

To focus on this challenge and direct resources in the most effective manner, it is first necessary to identify the source or determine the cause. To assist organisations to benchmark their current practices and standards, thus enabling them to identify and prioritise areas for improvement or change, Winton Environmental Management has developed their Workplace Environment Survey.

This survey is a broad and strategic overview of the workplace, covering air quality, water hygiene, hazardous materials and factors which impact on occupied space such as noise and lighting. The survey also incorporates elements associated with general housekeeping which impact on the workplace environment.

Not all buildings are air-conditioned and the survey is designed for use in premises with or without mechanical ventilation or air-conditioning. It is equally effective in a wide range of business functions and will provide the building or facilities manager with a benchmark report on the "health" of a building.

This is also an opportunity to highlight best practice and give recognition to the activities which support the workplace environment, much of it unseen and unknown.

The Workplace Environment Survey will help organisations gain control of the cause rather than simply treat the symptoms.

For further information please contact: Charmaine Shakespeare at Winton Environmental Management on +44 (0) 9208 296 5700.

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