3 office productivity killers—and how to fix them

Stale air, a cold environment and a lack of windows result in more mistakes and decreased productivity.

Let’s be polite and not say it smells in the office. “Stale” is a more diplomatic word for air that is scented by dusty computers and microwaved Chinese takeout and a colleague who’s just slipped off her boots under the desk.

And while spelunkers may find ice caves invigorating, you’re tired of bundling up indoors on balmy spring days. Plus, no matter what the teacher used to say about staring out the window, the lack of them makes you feel like you’re working in a subterranean vault of the Ministry of Truth. Sluggish, in other words.

Are you a whiner for mentioning this to a coworker? Not according to some new studies cited by Fast Company. All those factors reduce productivity.

Let’s start with the air quality. Fast Company reassures us:

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