Why Having Good Fitness Facilities Makes Good Business Sense

It’s well documented that leading a healthy active lifestyle can provide an individual with many health and social welfare benefits. However, the benefits of having a healthy active workforce in the world of work are largely overlooked.

Some of the benefits of leading a healthy active lifestyle include;

  • Reduce the probability of contracting illnesses
  • Reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Improve self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Improve sharpness and clarity of mind
  • Improve sleep
  • Make someone better able to cope with stress

These benefits, whilst being highly beneficial to the individual, can also be so for a business. There are a number of reasons for this, such as a reduction in employee absenteeism, which in turn reduces sick pay costs. Employee production is also increased, as employees are happier and healthier, which helps to promote a better attitude towards work, and greatly improve team morale. Which of course, must sound incredibly appealing to any business owner, large or small.

From this, it’s fair to conclude that providing a workforce with the best opportunities to lead a good lifestyle makes perfect business sense. This can be done through access to healthy foods, access to fitness facilities, or simply making employees aware of the personal benefits of leading such a lifestyle.

Here at The Union Building, the importance of these factors has not been overlooked. As well as being bright and airy, the building boasts the rare facility of an onsite gym, providing any employee based in the building with every chance to keep fit. Opportunities for employees to eat healthily have also been catered for through the opening of the fantastic new restaurant and bar ‘Rooftop Gardens’, which serves healthy snacks and meals, both hot and cold, throughout the working day. These facilities make the Union Building a hub for improved productivity and employee welfare, making it a perfect place for any business to grow into.

To reap the rewards of the fantastic facilities on offer here at The Union Building, please enquire about available office space.


How Your Office Environment Can Affect Employee Productivity

Are you a business owner? If so, the productivity of your employees is probably very important to you. It is no secret that the environment your employees work in has a massive impact on their productivity, though many employers fail to recognize just how much of a difference it can make. Many employers feel that employee productivity is the sole responsibility of the employee i.e. getting enough sleep and eating breakfast. This is true, to an extent, but there are many things that an employer can do to boost productivity.

Some of the common factors that affect an employee’s productivity are;

  • workplace clutter
  • lighting
  • temperature
  • noise
  • communication & relationships

If these factors mentioned aren’t addressed, then the overall well-being of your employees will likely be affected. The happier your employees are, the more productive they are. This simple fact should always be kept in mind, particularly when considering office space.

A study conducted in 2009 suggests that lighting is the primary factor that affects an employee’s productivity. Dim lighting lowers productivity, and fluorescent lighting has been known to cause headaches. At The Union Building, we use state of the art LED lighting that is designed to simulate natural daylight. This innovative new technology is used in all our office space.

Temperature also ranks highly (particularly amongst females) as a factor that affects productivity, which is why all office space at The Union Building is regulated at a constant optimum temperature (typically between 18ºC and 21ºC). This means that if you set your offce temperature to 20ºC, it will stay at 20ºC regardless of the weather outside.

Furniture is another major factor that affects productivity (particularly males). The Union Building offers those who take office space the option of furnishing it themselves, or setting a budget and a specification for us to furnish for you. We have a professional relationship with The Senator Group – one of the top office furniture suppliers in Europe. This connection enables us to furnish your office with high-quality furniture that will ensure your employees are comfortable, and therefore productive.

To find out more about our available office space, please enquire about office space.