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Smart Workplace Sessions #5: How Indoor Air Data Can Boost A Smarter Workplace

May 31, 2021 7:16:45 PM

Suvi Nenonen and Piia Sormunen from the Tampere University

On May 26th, a large international audience listened in on a discussion with Industry Professor Piia Sormunen and Docent Suvi Nenonen from Tampere University, who have been heading a new multidisciplinary pre-study research "License to Breathe", on how to mitigate spread of pathogens like Covid-19 in indoor air

COVID-19 will change our built environment forever. How can we make workplaces feel and also be safer? Evidence now confirms that this virus can remain airborne for longer times and further distances than originally thought. In addition to close contact with infected people and contaminated surfaces, spread of COVID-19 may also occur via airborne particles in indoor environments. The layout and design of a building, as well as managing and tracking occupancy and people flows - and monitoring indoor air quality indicators to adjust heating and ventilation, can all impact potential airborne spread of the virus. These were just some of the topics discussed in the context of “License to Breathe”, a new multidisciplinary research project that aims to identify and develop ways to prevent the transmission of the coronavirus in indoor environments.

At the same time, the same measures can address wellbeing factors at work that relate to a good indoor environment. How do oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, temperature and humidity levels, and impurities in the air correlate with thermal comfort, employee experience, health and performance at work?  Bad indoor air can have negative effects on cognitive performance and workplace experience. So what can you do about ensuring the opposite: a booster effect?

Below, you'll find the recording of the session with Piia Sormunen, Industry professor, Tampere University and Suvi Nenonen, Docent, Tampere University for the fifth session in our new series of workplace talks. The webinar was hosted by Pontus Kihlman, Head of Business Development, together with Maija Patjas, Head of International Relations, Optimaze, Rapal.


Stress, fatigue and boosting productivity in the next webinar 

We talk a lot about productivity at work - but do we understand what that means for brain work? Most knowledge workers experience daily fatigue, and the main reason is lack balance between stress and recovery.

If you'd like to learn more about how workplaces can support employees to restore their energy reserves, pace themselves accross the day and monitor their own wellbeing and its impacts on stress, health and cognitive functions, tune in to the 6th session in our first season in a series of workplace talks, where we speak with psychotherapist and inventor Marco Kärkkäinen of Neurosonic.

Smart Workplace Sessions 6 Marco Kärkkäinen, Neurosonic on workplace well-being and recharging


The next session is called "How To Change How We Think About Recharging at Work" and will be held on Wednesday, 16 June, 2021  with two same content sessions at 9:00 a.m. or 4:00 p.m. (CEST).


To learn more about the entire webinar series, click here. 

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