IEN wrote an article entitled "Healthy Bottom Line with Healthy Buildings" published in the January 2018 issue of the Greenplus magazine. The article delivers compelling arguments - including a compelling economic argument - for improving the health and well-being of building occupants. This can be achieved by following the WELL standard, which is focused on human health by ensuring everything from nutritious food and exercise to daylight and clean air for the building occupants.
Using our own IEN office as an economic case study, we found that 81% of our monthly expenditure goes to staff salaries, while other expenses (15%) and rental (4%) account for the rest of the expenses. From the employer’s perspective, under the assumption that by following the WELL Standard we would be able to cut in half the annual absenteeism and presenteeism, this would mean that by paying the same salary, a yield of an extra 33 work days is obtained from each employee, corresponding to a 15% increase in productivity. For a 1000m2 fully staffed office, this would mean an increase in productivity worth RM340,000 ($80,000) every year. Quite a significant saving, which proves that "health is wealth".
Read and download the article (click).