Going green for employee well-being 

Going green for employee well-being 

Just one green wall transformed a conference room in Jobilla’s Helsinki office from barely usable into a pleasant space. Following this success, the talent acquisition company wanted to ensure employees at its Berlin office received the same benefits.

Jobilla and Naava started working together five years ago to combat less than satisfactory air quality in the conference room at Jobilla’s office in the Finnish capital. According to employees, the renovation of the conference room had not been designed to incorporate proper air ventilation, which made working conditions unbearable.

“Previously, we worked in an office with poor ventilation in some parts. In this conference room, the air quality was particularly bad, so we began looking for solutions. We discovered Naava and their smart green wall was installed in the conference room – suddenly it transformed from a room you couldn’t stay in for more than 30 minutes to a space where a team could easily spend several hours,” says Tommi Siro, Jobilla co-founder and chief growth officer.

As part of its expansion into the German market, Jobilla moved into its new offices in Berlin in January 2022. The offices are located in a renovated brewery that was built in 1899. The office space is equipped with five Naava smart green walls, with more to be added. The Naava walls are strategically placed in common areas where everyone can enjoy their benefits.

Eeva Niemelä, head of project business and design at Naava, emphasises the importance of biophilic design for employee-friendly office spaces. “Throughout our evolutionary process, humans have spent most of their time outside. Due to urbanisation and the move to technological tools in our daily work, we’ve been largely confined to four walls without much access to nature,” she explains.

“It causes fatigue and impacts our health negatively. According to research, the diversity of microbes on our skin improves our immune system,” Niemelä continues. “This is why we want to bring nature and natural air back to those areas where most of us spend 90% of our time, which is indoors – usually in offices with dry air and harsh overhead lighting.”

Using proprietary technology supported by artificial intelligence, the living plants of the walls purify the air in the office, removing harmful chemicals and improving air quality, as well as optimising humidity in the space. The natural greenery is visually calming and creates a stress-relieving ambience, coupled with the plants’ subtle acoustic stimuli, reminiscent of the sound of running water in nature.

Jobilla’s total revenue for 2022 grew by 123% compared to 2021, coming in at €10.9 million – over 15 times more than four years ago. Due to the company’s ambitious growth goals, supporting employees’ mental and physical well-being is a top priority.

“We want to ensure that our employees feel good at work and in their everyday lives, and all of this, of course, as sustainably as possible. That’s why we also use Naava in Berlin,” says Siro. “Naava is a very special wall that ensures that the air our employees breathe in is clean and healthy. When we rented the first office in Berlin, I knew we needed Naava technology here as well. The difference we noticed back in Finland was just massive and our employees really enjoy the walls.”

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