Keeping people healthy in the workplace is important for employee retention, productivity, and minimizing your company’s healthcare costs. More than a decade of research shows that companies reap benefits when they encourage employee health, and certifications like WELL, LEED and Green Globes all offer guidance and recognition for these efforts.
Connectrac®solutions make it simple to implement several important strategies to safeguard and promote wellness in the workplace.
Sitting at a desk all day is dangerous to employee health. Physical inactivity has been linked to type 2 diabetes, stroke, dementia, depression, and some forms of cancer. In addition, a 13-year study from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana found that Americans who sit for most of the day are 54% more likely to die of heart attacks. And studies show that employees who exercise regularly are 50% more likely to have high productivity than their counterparts. While exercise clearly affects people’s health outcomes, morale and performance, providing on-site areas for it can be problematic within the confines of an existing building.
One of Connectrac’s strong suits is allowing for quick transformations of space. Because Connectrac can run power and data to flexible furnishings in the center of a large open space or conference room, it becomes easy to change out the space for activities such as morning yoga or afternoon aerobics. Whether you choose an underfloor or in-carpet system, Connectrac’s streamlined low-profile remains inconspicuous for a variety of activities.
Connectrac can also help you revive a deep interior space that doesn’t have electrical capacity into an activity zone with systems that bring power to fitness equipment such as treadmills or a monitor for streaming exercise programs.
Each individual has their sweet spot for the perfect temperature, and it’s rarely the same for everyone. But thermal comfort is essential: it affects concentration, productivity and workplace satisfaction. In fact, providing the means for employees to have individual thermal comfort devices like personal fans and electric space heaters at their cubicle is so important that WELL made it a criterion in its certification. Depending on your space layout, this could mean accommodating additional outlets for electric devices, especially in central open-office areas.
Connectrac can supply the power to meet employees’ thermal needs and give individual users control over their immediate environment ‘s temperature and air flow. In addition to gains in performance and reduced absenteeism, thermal comfort leads to fewer complaints and better attitudes.
Core drilling through the building materials is a common default for companies looking to create a cabling pathway for power and data. This alternative is not only costly, it can also raise workplace health concerns. Core drilling can release dust particles into the air, which may cause allergic reactions, respiratory tract irritations, or even asthma attacks. The work must be carefully contained to reduce exposure to airborne particles, even after the work is complete.
Moreover, core drilling is loud. Acoustic comfort is another factor in providing a high indoor environmental quality. Sounds, such as mechanical equipment within an enclosed space, have been shown to hinder productivity, focus and memory retention in workplace occupants. With Connectrac, the delivering power and data cables is clean and quiet, and the work can take place during the day without any negative effects on employee wellbeing.
Employees are the number one asset of any organization, and companies can play an important role in supporting their health. Gains in employee wellbeing, productivity and positive morale benefit everyone involved. Thanks to Connectrac, you have new ways to stretch your options and how your employees can thrive in the workplace.