The October storm had put our office in a bad condition for weeks. After the flooding in the office, it has been a corporate rule that no one should break the niche of work productivity. We tried our best to go back to our own cubicles and continue to work despite the dampness in the workplace.
Little did everyone know that a dampened place caused by water damage in the building can prompt some colleagues to file for sick leave and thus, lessening the work productivity. Including myself, I filed for three days sick leave because I started experiencing throat irritation and coughing while trying to keep things back to normal. Those were the common symptoms suffered by my other seven co-workers who were also on sick leave.
Of course the strange situation alarmed the human resource department and the management. It would just take some basic senses to analyze everything. They knew how the workplace looked and smelled differently after the flood. It’s the work of the human resource personnel to look into the occupational hazards and safety of the work environment. The presence of unwanted moisture and its mold growth in the office building had something to do with the sickness of their employees and their company’s lower productivity.
During a committee meeting, three of us in the entry level position were invited to share our experiences to the HR people and supervisors about the current workplace and how it affected our work. It was a worthwhile meeting of discussions about the building-related problems they had overseen and the possible interventions. Then we veered from the formal agenda. We started talking about the devastation in Tucson during the storm and our experiences in our homes during the flood. And enough had been said about water damages. It was the best moment to mention to them my friend Jon Madrigal who owns a website about Tucson water damage company. I told the nice HR manager sitting next to me about the website which could recommend the best company to restore our workplace.
Two days after the meeting, everyone was asked not to go to work because the day was intended for the cleaning operation in the office. Jon was able to endorse to us a restoration company whom we could commend for a job well done. Now, we are back to our work space with a better feeling and a better work ambiance. Not only the place was restored but the productive workforce has also been revived.
It is a natural thing that employees will thrive to a more nurturing work environment. They spend most of the day in the office and their well-being lies to what kind of place they are in. Therefore, it is important for a company to support a healthy work environment or a health-conscious culture for its employees. These are all part of the workload of the human resource people but these need the support of the company managers. It’s good if they recognize the importance of investing time, effort and money for a good workplace. They don’t know how much they will reap from having a nice place for their employees.