The Scent of a WorkSpace
National Sense of Smell Day 4.29.17
Is it Possible that the Scent of a WorkSpace
Can Impact Mood and Productivity?
The simple answer is yes. According to Odor Control Specialists from the “Sense of Smell Institute”, business leaders should be keenly aware that scent plays a powerful role within their workforce & office environment. Because the sense of smell is definitively linked to memory and perception, it could be argued that the effect of odor is similar to Pavlov’s dog conditioning theory, for humans. Is it unfair to think of ourselves, superior beings, susceptible to classical conditioning? It seems that when it comes to odor, we are all rather primitive, ancient beings.
National Sense of Smell Day – April 29 – 2017
On this day of scent awakening, think of the time you ventured into Granny’s attic, walked into an old bookstore, opened a cedar chest filled with old trophies & poms poms, a coffee shop, bakery, fish shop or seaside cafe – all have distinct smells that evoke a memory, experience, a time and place that resonates something uniquely meaningful. Why should the office be any different? We spend approximately a third of our lives at work and smell, quite frankly matters.
As we walk into the office, a medley of smells is in the air, mood at that very moment determines the day. So, those who have the power to nurture the right mood, need to get it right. Plus, odors during Spring and Summer are heightened because of more moisture in the air. That’s one reason why, dear friends, we at Sani-Chem are determined to make it even easier to address the smell factor that rules your office, home or industrial world. If you make “The Scent of a WorkSpace” as right as rain, productivity, creativity, and morale will increase in tandem, for the benefit of all.
To acknowledge National Sense of Smell Day, consider a few products we think make perfect “scents” (with pun apologies):
Don’t mask the odor, remove it. The Honeywell AirGenius is an oscillating air cleaner that removes up to 99.9% up of all microscopic particles 0.3 microns and smaller from the air. It has a permanent ifD filter that is easy to remove and clean ensuring an extra-long, effective use life. Its odor absorbing pre-filter reduces certain household VOCs and airborne gasses. Three air cleaning levels (sleep, standard, and max-power) take the guesswork out of how to most efficiently clean the air. Tower fully circulates the air in a closed room five times an hour, greatly reducing airborne dust, pollen, pet dander, smoke, and allergens.
Remember the scent of fresh linen sheets from the clothesline? This spray is Spartan’s Clothesline Fresh Soft product for freshening the air. This spray creates a clean, fresh scent in any room, anytime. It is a water-soluble, non-aerosol air freshener that’s formulated to control and eliminate unpleasant odors whenever and wherever they occur.
Natural Volcanic Rocks trap airborne odors and keep rooms smelling fresh. The odorless, non-toxic volcanic rocks have millions of surfaces and channels containing an electrical charge that acts as a magnet to attract and hold unpleasant airborne odors. The all-natural rocks are renewable and can continue to work for years. Environmentally safe, they can be placed near pet odors, in basements, garages, closets, offices, warehouses, underneath car seats or in other areas where lingering odors are a problem. The rocks last for years by placing them outdoors in direct sunlight to renew effectiveness.
One great product that takes care of just about every smell & situation imaginable. Eucalyptus OdoBan eliminates unpleasant odors on upholstery, carpets, bedding, showers, walls and floors. With the natural scent of Eucalyptus, OdoBan Odor Eliminator cleans, disinfects, sanitizes and deodorizes all hard, nonporous surfaces. Leaving no residue, this concentrated multipurpose cleaner eliminates 99.99% of germs. It can also be used as an air freshener, laundry freshener, mopping solution, pet odor eliminator and spot treatment. It also eliminates foul odors caused by pets, mildew, smoke, vomit, sewage, and urine. As a disinfectant, OdoBan is a fungicidal agent to be used against germs in locker rooms, dressing rooms, shower and bath areas and exercise facilities, and inhibits the growth of mold and mildew.
Clear the air by removing airborne pollutants at the molecular level which instantly neutralizing viruses and germs in the air.The Fellowes Air Purifier with True HEPA filter captures 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns, including pollen, ragweed, and other allergens, as well as mold spores, dust mites, viruses, germs, cigarette smoke, and odors. Its air purity sensor monitors the air quality and automatically adjusts the fan speed to keep air purified. Features include an ultra quiet operation, filter change indicator, and PlasmaTRUE™ Technology that creates an ionized field to safely remove airborne particles. Removes airborne pollutants at the molecular level, instantly neutralizing viruses and germs in the air.
Bring the best of the outside in with Bamboo Rain Gel. This odor absorbing gel works continuously to eliminate unwanted odors and goes beyond masking by permanently neutralizing tough airborne odors. This is a great product for neutralizing smoke, cooking, pets, garbage, paint and musty odors. Simply place the container in kitchens, bathrooms, offices, warehouses, pet areas or wherever strong odors accumulate to thoroughly neutralize odors and enhance clean air with the fresh scent of rain and bamboo.
For a more thorough look at odor eliminators & air freshener options visit our website: Air Fresheners & Odor Eliminators
Clean air. Beautifully scented air. The basis for positive thought, well-being, and good mood. And because mood influences creativity, those who are in a positive mood have higher levels of creativity than individuals who are in a bad mood. According to Scientific American:
Odors can also produce the same effects. When people were exposed to an odor they liked creative problem solving was better than it was when they were exposed to an unpleasant odor condition.
The article elaborates further by proposing that mood translates to observable behavior. It has been suggested that the presence of a positive mood links to increased productivity, performance and the tendency to help others.
Notably, prosocial behavior and productivity are also enhanced in the presence of pleasant ambient odors. For example, people exposed to the smells of baking cookies or roasting coffee were more inclined to help a stranger than people not exposed to an odor manipulation. People who worked in the presence of a pleasant smelling air freshener also reported higher self-efficacy, set higher goals and were more likely to employ efficient work strategies than participants who worked in a no-odor condition. Pleasant ambient odors have also been found to enhance vigilance during a tedious task and improve performance on anagram and word completion tests. Conversely, the presence of a malodor reduced participants¿ subjective judgments and lowered their tolerance for frustration.
In a nutshell, odor influences mood and work performance. Thanks to the “Sense of Smell” Institute & National Sense of Smell Day, we have a day to acknowledge that fact. And, we can do very simple things to create a positive work environment by simply introducing clean, fresh air into the equation of productivity & creative team work.
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