Physical Environment

The spaces where we work, learn, heal and live critically impact our perception of personal safety, comfort and ultimately our Quality of Life. In fact, researchers have pinpointed certain elements – from the lighting in a room to the air we breathe and the upkeep of our surrounding environment – as key factors of Quality of Life.

Quality of Life Dimension - Physical Environnement (infographic)


Further Researches

At Universities, the design and layout of a classroom, including the color of the walls and the position of the furniture, can have a 25 percent impact on a student’s academic performance. In the workspace, studies have shown that maintaining optimal room temperature reduces errors by 44 percent. Even basic improvements such as adding a plant or increasing the amount of natural light have been shown to lower blood pressure and increase staff well-being and productivity.

Our high standards in regards to maintenance and cleanliness translate into increased safety in the healthcare sector and on remote sites. In healthcare settings, adequate cleaning protocols can prevent 20 to 30 percent of deaths caused by hospital-acquired infections. On offshore platforms, promoting the understanding of proper safety protocol can reduce injury and even death.

A truly sound physical environment also requires sustainable elements. We make it a point to work with our clients to reduce the amount of waste they produce, shrink their carbon footprint and give preference to local, sustainable suppliers. With all of these benefits in mind, we tailor or services to meet the specific needs of each of our clients.


Learn more on the Quality of Life Observer.


Drawing upon extensive studies on individual perception of Quality of Life combined with 50 years of experience with clients and employees, Sodexo has been able to identify six dimensions of Quality of Life on which our services can have a real and measurable impact.

Ease & Efficiency Health & Well-being Personal Growth Physical Environment Recognition Social Interactions

Survey - How leaders value QOL (245x150) 
This first international study shows that decision makers recognize a link between improving Quality of Life and performance. It goes even further, to identify the specific business outcomes (such as image and reputation, business, financial performance and organizational efficiency).