Most people know that it’s important to have clean air, especially in the workplace. How many of us have been trapped in a crowded meeting room and witnessed how the suffocating environment makes ideas become sluggish and turbid, to the point of inducing yawns?
An interesting experiment was performed recently at Harvard University. It compared working conditions in environments with good and bad air. For six days, participants were placed in workplaces with varying air qualities. The aim was to discover how chemicals from furnishings affect our health and how ventilation aids productivity – an issue that has become more important as buildings are sealed for energy-conserving measures. At the end of each of the working day, the participants’ capacities were tested.