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Hygiene and showers

by mel starrs on March 31, 2008

in Psychology & Marketing

I’m sure I was going to add something to this post, but it’s been in the drafts bin so long, I’ve forgotten what it might have been. Perhaps I was awaiting inspiration for a more witty blog title…

Back in February last year Ben Casnocha had a summary of Herzberg’s concept of hygiene factors here. If you are not familiar with the concept, Wikipedia have a good explanation here.

It got me thinking of something which I have come across in a couple of instances. Namely, managers and directors being so far detached from hygiene factors coming into play that they are unable to comprehend why a potential graduate might be concerned about the availability of for instance, showers (no pun intended) in the office.

Whilst the almost sadistically mundane tasks assigned a graduate are (usually) necessary (someone has to do it), the apparent subconscious equating of task related “hardship” with actual physical discomfort is insane. I could whinge on about this for much longer but instead I’ll point you to John Ehrenfeld’s manifesto on sustainability: reducing unsustainability is not the same as creating sustainability.

It’s a similar concept. There is a disconnect between office environment and the task at hand. Taking care of one won’t necessarily mean you take care of the other, (a good office environment does not mean the work will be easier), but it will ensure there is less dissatisfaction.

I’ve blogged on this topic before here. And least we forget that there’s a financial benefit to this, remember that 1% absenteeism in an office can account for the same amount of money as running the office for a year.