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Poor Office Conditions and Mental Health

17 May 2018 / by Keith Chanter (author), Emcor Group Inc. (author) / Norwalk
Photo by  Alexander Dummer. (photo: Alexander Dummer)
Photo by Alexander Dummer. / (photo: Alexander Dummer)

Keith Chanter, CEO of EMCOR UK, gives his response to a research finding that mental health issues affect almost 15 per cent of employees in their workplace, and cause 13 per cent of all sick days.


Employee wellbeing, mental health and productivity in the workplace are unquestionably intertwined. Whilst it’s encouraging to see that businesses are starting to support better mental health and wellbeing, it's important to acknowledge the role that building environmental conditions and ergonomics play in enhancing the wellbeing and performance (or working lives) of people and workplaces. 

Facilities Management (FM) specialists operate at the very heart of buildings and are in a unique position to understand what is going on; and to influence and improve the wellbeing and performance of workers who occupy them.

High CO2 levels in buildings, for example, have a direct and negative impact on human cognition and decision making. If they are not monitored, businesses cannot make the incremental changes needed to ensure employees operate at their optimal performance throughout the day.  FM specialists are able to capture complex, real time environmental data and information from buildings, and advise their customers about priority investment areas that will improve the performance and wellbeing of the people that occupy them.

By optimising building environments and ergonomics, along with improved workplace health and wellbeing policies, businesses will start to see a marked improvement in the mental health and wellbeing of employees - and their bottom line.

Keith Chanter


Keith Chanter

Keith Chanter is the Chief Executive Officer of EMCOR UK. A graduate in Industrial Economics from Nottingham University who qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the London office of Deloitte Haskins and Sells (now PWC), Keith spent 11 years with BOC PLC where he held senior- and board-level positions for several of the gas distribution group's operating companies. In 1997, Keith moved to Bristow Helicopters Group as Group Finance Director, and, in 1999, was promoted to CEO to lead a business turnaround. After a few years in consultancy, Keith joined EMCOR, in July 2007, as Group Finance Director, and, in November 2008, became its Chief Executive Officer.

Emcor Group Inc.


Emcor Group Inc.

EMCOR Group, Inc. is a Fortune 500 leader in mechanical and electrical construction services, industrial and energy infrastructure and building services. www.emcorgroup.com

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