Green Buildings Lead to Better Labor Outcomes

Green Buildings Lead to Better Labor Outcomes

March 31, 2019

People spend 90% of their time in buildings.  A recent study showed that high-performance buildings, also known as Green buildings, or those which meet LEED standards, can increase worker productivity by 3%, employee retention by 5%, and decrease absenteeism by 30%.

Since over half of commercial real estate is leased, landlords who choose to implement Green standards help their tenants net labor force gains.  Creating a lease contract that encourages both the landlord and the tenant to embrace Green buildings is one way to create positive labor outcomes.


Video Spotlight: Green Offices and Employee Productivity


This post is based on the Facilities Net, How Green Leases Help Achieve Green Buildings by Chris Brown, March 4, 2019, and the YouTube video, Green Offices and Employee Productivity, by JLL, November 3, 2014. Image source: Shutterstock / zlikovec

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the possible factors a Green building possesses that lead to increased labor productivity and decreased turnover?

Guidance: This straightforward question can stimulate discussion about worker productivity and the components of a Green building.  Ask students to describe a LEED certified building which they have visited.  If they have not been in a Continue reading

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Permanent Housing for the Homeless Lowers Health Care Costs

Permanent Housing for the Homeless Lowers Health Care Costs

Better Health Through Housing is a supportive housing program designed to reduce healthcare costs by moving homeless people from emergency rooms into stable housing.

The University of Illinois Hospital decided to participate in this program as part of its health equity mission. Its staff later discovered that besides providing housing, the program improved health and reduced the frequency of expensive emergency room visits.


Video Spotlight: Ted Talk: Housing Is Health


This post is based on a 90.9 WBUR report, To Reduce Chronic Homelessness, a Chicago Hospital Is Treating It as A Medical Condition, by J. Hobson, February 21, 2019; and the YouTube video, Health Equity: Housing is Health | Steve Brown | TEDxRushU, by Tedx, January 16, 2019. Image source: Ingram Publishing

Discussion Questions:

1. Is homelessness an operations issue?

Guidance: The homeless are “customers” of multiple processes performed by many organizations: hospitals, prisons, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, police departments, Medicaid, etc. As a result, they directly influence the operations of these organizations. Very interestingly, the article mentions that to achieve better solutions to the problems experienced or caused by the homeless, it’s better to coordinate processes and resources than to work in silos.

2. How Continue reading

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