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January 10, 2011 -
Along with productivity, it's not unusual to find that sustainable workplaces also boost employee retention and the ability to attract the best talent. A number of studies have come out recently support this theory.
One report, "Shades of Green" by the Green Building Alliance found that absenteeism and turnover both dropped when one company moved its employees to a LEED Silver certified building. Voluntary terminations decreased by 83 and 57 percent in two different business units, the report noted.
Similarly, 40 percent of the respondents to a survey by a consulting firm, "The Dollars and Sense of Green Retrofits," said that green retrofits significantly increased their ability to attract talented employees. In addition, nearly one-third said that the retrofits significantly increased their ability to retain talented employees.
The information emerging on the correlation between sustainable design and productivity indicates that the link is a positive one. As more designs are completed and more studies done, it's likely that the connection between the two will become clearer and stronger.