On a daily basis, facilities managers work to maintain the cleanliness, security and organization of the office buildings they oversee. When problems arise in the day-to-day operations of the professional environment, it's up to the facilities team to resolve them quickly and peacefully.
Ultimately, the goal of a good facilities manager is to keep the office healthy and productive. FMs should make sure that as they navigate their daily grinds, they remain focused on their end objective of keeping the workplace efficient.
Traditionally, managers have focused more on cultivating an office culture than on promoting productivity. But as iOFFICE has found, there's emerging evidence to show that the two goals are connected. If a company can craft a culture, the efficiency will likely follow.
The effects of a positive environment
Extensive research has uncovered the connection between a healthy corporate culture and a productive workforce. According to iOFFICE's latest numbers, employees who are not supported by a health-conscious culture make three times as many mistakes as those who are.
These unsupported workers are also 31 percent more likely to struggle maintaining focus on work tasks, and 44 percent more likely to spend less time engaged with business. Overall, this troubling effect has a clear impact on companies' bottom lines, as companies with healthy corporate cultures outperform their the S&P 500 by 5 percent.
It doesn't take much for businesses to improve in this area. By focusing on wellness, companies can take tremendous strides financially. For every $1 a business invests in corporate health and wellness programs, it saves $3.27 on health insurance.
Building a better culture
With this in mind, it's clear that companies need to build up their office cultures through an emphasis on health and wellness.
One thing companies can do is pay attention to their location. If a business is located near facilities that promote health and wellness, such as gyms or healthy restaurants, HR leaders can remind their employees to take advantage of these resources.
Employers can also improve upon the food options they have in-house. By serving a healthier menu, companies can boost camaraderie around the office and reduce employee stress.
Lastly, it's beneficial in terms of mental health if facility managers work to foster optimal office layouts. If employees work in environments that encourage movement and collaboration, it will be beneficial to the office culture and promote a productive work day for everyone.