If you are one of those people who feel guilty about being sluggish and lousy at work – particularly in the mid-afternoon – do not fret. It may not be about you being lazy; your office building may have something to do with it.
We found this interesting feature on Cracked.com, which talked about how the state of offices may be affecting the health of the people working in it. Having led that kind of lifestyle once upon a time – where one spent the better part of 12 hours in a cubicle in an air-conditioned and carpeted office building, with laser printers and photocopiers buzzing every so often, this writer could not help but agree.
Starting off with the building itself, one may actually be surprised to find out that in some cases, the air inside the office building may be even dirtier than the air outside. How come? The thrust towards energy conservation that began in the 1970s resulted in air tight buildings that kept indoor temperature stable – but unable to do a good job at recycling air. Pollutants are inhaled by buildings’ air-conditioning systems, but there is no way to let these undesirables out.
So what exactly are these undesirables? A number of possibilities were discussed, including carbon monoxide that may have made its way into the building from the parking lot through the ventilation duct, or black mold in buildings that are more than ten years old.
There are, in addition, pollutants coming from office gadgets, such as ozone from photocopiers and toner particles from the laser printers.