It’s estimated that we spend more than 90 percent of our lives inside. These buildings we inhabit for so much time both at work and at home have the potential to impact our health and wellbeing, and as a result, can have long-term effects on our lives. 

Your building’s environment isn’t just an important factor for emphasizing a healthy lifestyle. Amidst a pandemic, there are also plenty of things you can do to protect the health and safety of your employees and tenants. 

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So how should you approach the environment of your facility to create a wellness-focused culture, keep occupants safe, and draw in (and keep) tenants? And how will this affect your time and resources? 

Investing in the health and wellness of your building will cost some money, but it is also a long-term investment in your facility—one that will be appealing to customers, clients, and tenants. Here are several ways you can promote health and wellness in your facility.

1. Check Your HVAC System

Taking steps to improve your facility’s HVAC system is essential to bettering your indoor air quality (IAQ), and can even help eliminate airborne pathogens that can lead to illness or breathing issues, enhancing the health and wellness of your facility. This includes steps like:

  • Increasing or improving the ventilation
  • Ensuring you have a quality air filtration system
  • Managing humidity levels

If employees are beginning to return to in-person work (or if clients and customers are making their way back in) following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, your building’s air quality is on their minds. In fact, Engineered Systems reported that the quality of air circulating throughout your facility can impact productivity levels and alertness, and may even reduce absenteeism thanks to fewer illnesses spreading through your building. There’s also a direct correlation between air quality and issues with asthma. 

With the right system in place (and regular maintenance from commercial cleaners), you can take the critical steps necessary to improve your IAQ.

2. Provide Spots for Drinking Water and Encourage Hydration

Occupant access to clean, healthy drinking water isn’t just a good idea—it’s the law. But this doesn’t have to mean endless packs of plastic water bottles that create waste and cost lots of money.  However, it can mean water bottle refilling stations, ice dispensers, drinking fountains, and filtered water instead. 

Staying hydrated is essential for health and wellness—and it’s backed by science. It improves the body’s performance and offers a range of other health benefits, including:

  • Improved brain function and boosted energy levels
  • Headache prevention and treatment
  • Better digestion
  • Potential treatment for kidney stones
  • Increased satiety and a faster metabolism

Many companies are encouraging reusable water bottles and installing water bottle filling stations, and employees love them! Don’t forget to schedule regular cleaning and changing of filters to keep water clean and fresh.

3. Create Spaces for Fitness and Relaxation

There are all kinds of physical and mental benefits to providing dedicated spaces for your tenant to focus on their physical health and emotional wellbeing. One growing trend in office buildings and other facilities? Places for folks to unwind. This may include:

  • A fitness center, gym, or on-site fitness classes
  • Outdoor areas like walking trails, bike paths, and outdoor seating for lunch and breaks
  • Live plants and green spaces to improve IAC and relieve mental fatigue
  • Quiet rooms to allow tenants time and space to regroup, meditate, and relax without disruption, then return to work with more energy and better focus

These kinds of changes may not seem like they would make a huge difference, but they’re a great way to promote wellness and attract great tenants.

4. Hire a Professional Janitorial Service

Perhaps one of the most important steps you can take to foster a healthy, wellness-centered environment is to work with a first-rate commercial cleaning company like Above the Line Cleaning. 

At Above the Line Cleaning, we offer a range of services to suit your exact needs as a building owner or facilities manager, including daily janitorial services, commercial office cleaning, and more intensive cleanings to keep your building in peak condition. 

Commercial cleaning is essential to maintaining the health of your building and its occupants. After all, there are more than 10 million germs on a typical office desk, 400 times more germs than the quantity found on the average toilet. From your restroom facilities to your break rooms, kitchens, floors, phones, windows, and more, we’ll leave everything sparkling clean and take extra precautions to kill germs in high-traffic areas for a healthier workplace.

Walla Walla’s Preferred Commercial Cleaning Services

Since we got our start, Above the Line Cleaning has prioritized going above and beyond in everything we do. We constantly seek to improve our work, learning from our experiences, and taking exceptional care of our clients along the way. As small business owners ourselves, we care about your facility’s success and do everything in our power to ensure you’re always ready to make a stellar first impression. 

Throughout Walla Walla and the surrounding areas, we’re providing world-class, personalized commercial cleaning services, freeing up facilities managers to focus on more important matters. Our customers are thrilled with the results. Want to learn more? Request a free estimate today!


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