For most of the northern hemisphere, pollen season is in full swing. What does that mean exactly in terms of money, and how does pollen affect business and economy?
Recent statistics around the world
In Sweden, it is estimated that 25 of the population has pollen allergies. Research done by Åslög Dahl, at “the University of Gothenburg's Pollen Laboratory” reports that about half of these people are severely affected; often to the extent that productivity is down 25–40 percent.
The “flu-like” symptoms that pollen allergy sufferers experience is seen to affect peoples’ concentration and their ability to work. This reduced productivity and the increased need for healthcare, costs Sweden up to 5 billion SEK ($566 million) per year. “The society as a whole is affected. At the workplace, it costs both in sick leave and, because one cannot produce the same amount of effort,” says Åslög Dahl.
In Japan, it is estimated the country will have a 200 billion yen ($1.8 billion) loss this year because of pollen-induced allergies, according to the Dai-Ichi Life Research Institute, a research firm in Tokyo.
Statistics across Europe, and North America show similar issues; money lost to sick days, absent personnel, lower productivity, etc; due to pollen allergies.
How businesses are combating the effects of pollen
We are seeing now, more than ever, businesses taking back their power by controlling their indoor environments. When an indoor environment's air quality is significantly cleaner than the outside where the pollen originates from, workers are significantly less affected by allergy symptoms. How are businesses able to do this? By having their air quality tested and implementing industrial, air filtration systems.
You can take several actions to fight off the contamination of pollen in an indoor area, like closing the windows, etc, but utilizing an air purifier/air cleaner into a workspace is the absolute best way to help protect your workforce, and avoid loss in productivity and money.
QleanAir Scandinavia knows how to clean air
Throughout every type of indoor work environment, businesses worldwide trust QleanAir Scandinavia in supplying them with, “clean air” solutions. The quality of service, products, maintenance and guarantees had led to QleanAir Scandinavia becoming one of the most trusted brands in terms of health and environment solutions.
“…better indoor air quality improves the productivity of our employees.”
– Jason Park, CEO, Lee&Han, (discussing why he chooses QleanAir Scandinavia's air purifiers)
Why use stand-alone air cleaners as a compliment to your ventilation?
An air filtration system, strategically placed in an indoor working environment will significantly improve the overall air quality in its environment. People will immediately have fewer reactions to common symptoms associated with pollen and other airborne contaminants, like dust, hair, particles, etc.
You can read the article, “What's the Difference Between Ventilation and Air Filtration?” for a more in-depth explanation of this.
To learn how to measure your air quality and find out information about your specific workspace, click here and choose your type of working environment form the list. At the very least, you'll find common challenges and solutions that others in your type of industry work with too.
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Don't let pollen take over your business agendas. Work smart; be healthy!