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4 Benefits of Scenting to Enhance the Office Environment

24/03/2014

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Setting strategic goals with good planning will point a new business in the right direction and keep an established company on the right track. Improving employee’s productivity and boosting company image are constantly in any organisation’s plan. It's a win-win situation when a company’s workforce are happy, which means they will produce better revenue. Huge investment is put aside on employee engagement and performance management hence companies will always look for innovative ways to get the best return of investment.

Ambient scenting is now one of the sought after methods in olfactory stimuli to improve performance in human population and to create a lasting positive impression. 75% of the emotions that we experienced daily are generated by our sense of smell, which make this method an influential element in cultivating a happier workplace.

Increase employees’ morale, productivity and reducing stress
According to a study, exposure to the correct scent can significantly enhance employees’ performance and bring forth better results. Citrus/ lemon fragrances are stimulating and best for high-energy environments. It is reported that clerical staffs made 54% fewer errors when they are exposed to the fragrance compared to those working in an unscented workplace. Fragrance with apple notes gives a refreshing and comforting feeling, which helps to reduce stress and anxiety. Sniffing apple aromas can also reduce the effects of migraines.

Increase employee’s retention rate
When employees are more productive and they feel that their contribution to the organisation is making a change, it would lead them to have higher self-esteem. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs stated that esteem presents the typical human desire to be accepted and valued by others; therefore people generally have a profession to fill that need. When employees are provided with an uplifting working environment that they can build their self-esteem, most likely they will feel less fatigue and this motivates them to stay in the company for a longer period of time.

Odour remediation
Indoor air quality problems developed in the office is usually caused by variety of factors such as the presence of pollutant sources, including asbestos-containing insulation, wet or damp carpet, fungi or mildew and many more. Some of the pollutant sources can result in bad odour and limitation of outdoor air intake due to poor ventilation systems will result in employees/ visitors feeling uncomfortable. This will consequentially affect employees work performance and ultimately leave your visitors with a negative impression of the company. Scenting the office can neutralise bad odour and with a correct scent selection it can inadvertently enhance a person's mood.

Ms. Carol Lam, the Managing Director of Rentokil Initial Malaysia, “Besides helping to transform your office into a productive and healthy working environment for your employees, the correct use of scent can influence the way your clients or visitors perceive your company.”   

Create warm welcoming ambience with scenting
Across industries, businesses are using scent as part of a multi-sensory marketing strategy to enhance customers’ experiences. A conducted survey states that 71% of business leaders believe that customer experience is the next corporate battleground. We now see a trend where retail spaces utilising the correct scent in an effort to create “dwell-time” in their stores to increase chances of purchase. Hotels around the world reinforce their brands by using the same scent for all their lobbies, so that guest remembers the particular scent and it creates a sense of belongingness.

Corporate organisations can also leverage on scenting to boost their brand recognition and enhance the image of their offices. Studies shown that cucumber fragrances make the space seem larger and more open while lavender can make a person relax to the extent as of getting a massage. Combined with other elements such as the interior layout, colours and lightings, this would induce a relaxing atmosphere and positive impression for the visitors.

Premium Scenting by Initial Hygiene
From encouraging buying behaviour to odour remediation, companies rely on ambient scenting for an array of solutions. Initial Hygiene Malaysia, with its team of premium scenting specialist are fragrance experts that could find the most appropriate scent to meet the objective and the customer experience that they wish to create which would best match the brand.

Premium Scenting is flexible and can be used to scent spaces of any size, from the reception area to the whole office. The diffusion of the micro-droplets is controlled, scenting of the space is 100% uniformed and its fragrance can last longer in the air.

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