A Healthy Workplace: Intriguing Findings from Harvard

Corona had a huge impact on our day-to-day worklife? What's next? Business as usual or rather not? For employers and employees, there are currently many questions in regard to the new daily work routine after Corona.

Evaluating the pandemic in regard to the workplace, intriguing new findings on this subject are coming from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Massachusetts. The Harvard researchers recently published in their study results on how workers had managed work in their home offices and what they wanted for a healthy and productive workplace in the future upon returning to the workplace. The majority of respondents favored a hybrid work model with days in the office and days remotely in the home office (or in another workspace). However, a necessity for a full or partial return to the office workplace for the people surveyed was a work environment that was as risk-free as possible: More than half of the respondents demanded both the highest possible vaccination rate among employees and the maintenance of distance keping and the wearing of mouth/nose protection.

 

The workplace of the future: flexible, healthy, productive

To look deeper into the topic, AiroDoctor participated in a webinar led by Harvard professors Joseph Allen and Tsedal Neeley, as well as research director at consulting and investment management firm JLL Marie Puybaraud, all experts on the topic of "healthy work models of the future." The discussions focused - among other things - on forms of workplaces that should enable employees to find a good work-life balance and be productive at the same time, for example via flexible working arrangements. Highly relevant, because the experiences of the last Corona year had greatly accelerated this development toward a hybrid work model. The surprising result: as the Harvard study had already shown, employers and employees perceived this development predominantly positively, and at the same time the importance of being physically together was emphasized.

 

Here are our key findings

  • During the months of the lockdown, most employees missed the personal interaction and exchange. At the same time, they learned to appreciate the benefits of a self-determined workday.
  • The office remains irreplaceable and an important place for social exchange, be it during shared coffee breaks or in creative meetings.
  • The solution: A flexible, hybrid workplace with days at the office and days at the home office is the preferred model of the future for many.

"We see ourselves equipped for the future with AiroDoctor air purifiers. Workplaces like offices remain important places for social and creative exchange. To be productive here, workers need to feel safe in these places. The AiroDoctor can contribute to this with its highly effective technology." - Carsten Hermann, co-developer of the AiroDoctor. "