According to a new report by communications consultant JPES Partners, 80% of people would feel better about returning to the office if the air quality in their workplace were improved

The authors of the study, entitled "Air That We Breathe", interviewed 200 people aged 25 to 55 working in UK offices. Eighty-eight percent of participants said that measurement of air quality in workplaces should be mandatory.

According to Duncan Lamb, head of consulting firm JPES Partners, "The survey responses made it clear how much the pandemic has influenced people’s thinking on the issue, with 86% of respondents saying that the problem of air quality in the workplace is now more important to them. As a result, it is now a factor that is influencing people’s willingness to return to the office environment and must be addressed by all businesses, not just those that are office-based".


The key is to commit to the problem

From the results obtained, it was noted that less than a third of respondents reported that their employer had taken measures to improve air quality in their workplace over the past year. According to Stephen Collins, director of the studio, "most of the measures have been aimed at leaving more space among the office employees, causing even moves to larger spaces".

Among other comments, one participant noted that his employer had added filters to the air conditioning units, while another reported that air quality levels are now tested daily". Given this, Lamb pointed out that this is a big challenge for the owners of the buildings, who from now on must adapt to various measures to meet expectations about air quality.

Despite this, Lamb also explains that "engaging with the problem can contribute positively to this situation," greatly improving the working conditions of millions of people and ensuring a safe return to offices.


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