New Delhi: As a result of current lifestyles, people are bound to be affected by stress. People today are more active than in the past and therefore people also suffer from stress.
Stress is a biological term, which refers to the consequences of the failure of human body to respond appropriately to mental or physical threats, whether actual or imagined.
Common stress symptom includes irritability, muscular tension, inability to concentrate and variety of physical reactions, such as headaches and accelerates heart rate. By adopting healthy habits one can avoid stress. It is necessary to cope with work environment to avoid high stress levels.
Stress is found at all workplaces, and can affect individual’s performance, health and well-being. An effort to control or manage stress levels at workplace should be an integral part of all corporate houses. Many corporates are now introducing “green technology” to provide a healthy and stress free environment to their employees in order to increase their productivity and reduce stress. They have set a new motto for themselves as well as for their employees i.e. “the cleaner air you breathe, smarter you work and the longer you live” and based upon this motto they are modifying the work environment to reduce high levels of stress by improving indoor air quality. A full-fledged Indoor Air Quality division, CleanAir is equipped with lab facilities to monitor and improve indoor air quality. Air purification methods include:
Removal of Nox / SOx & SPMs
Removal of VOCs
Removal of Bacterias & Fungus
Addition of natural O2 by using bio-technology
One can dramatically improve the air quality in their homes or offices with only three varieties of plants. These are Areca palm (living room plant) that produces oxygen during the day, Mother-in-law’s tongue (bedroom plant) produces oxygen at night and money plant which is used to remove VOCs from the air.
Generally, air purification through plant is done scientifically. Air from a height of 120 feet is scrubbed with purified / treated water and is pumped into green house that enrich it with oxygen and increase its humidity. The water is UV treated to kill bacteria or any kind of fungal growth. The oxygenated air is then fed into the AC plant for cooling. Another innovative technology used is Hydroponic culture. Here plants thrive on nutrient solution rather than on soil, produces healthier plants and increase oxygen efficiency than traditional gardening.
These technologies improves office environment and takes care of the health of the occupants. Green technologies are all the more effective to de-stress employees so that they can contribute more effectively to their work. Research conducted also reveals that people working in clean atmosphere have 10-12% less lung impairment as compared to people working in atmosphere where the indoor air is not clean and pure. The incidence of eye irritation reduced by 52%, respiratory symptoms by 34%, headache by 24% and asthma by 9% at this type of working atmosphere. It also shows that there is an amazing increase in human productivity resulting by having green plants in the office building, almost >20% and Energy Costs reduce by an extraordinary 15-20%.
Study has also shown that employees are less prone to diseases, which automatically means fewer sick days. The reason behind this is an increase in blood oxygen levels, which ensures that even after a strenuous eight working hours, the employees remains fresh and relatively stress free. These special indoor plants not only add oxygen but also help in reducing pollutants and increase oxygen supply as per demand.
Kamal Meattle (The author is the CEO of Paharpur Business Centre located at New Delhi)