Have you ever wondered why, after a few hours at the office, no matter how much sleep you’ve had the night before, or coffee you’ve had to drink, you still feel like you haven’t slept in days?
Often we associate this with lack of movement, stress, pressure and the effort we put in at work – and all of these are definite contributors – but one factor, often overlooked can make a huge impact on our alertness and therefore productivity at work, and that’s simply lighting.
Lighting has a profound effect on people – One can think of examples of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) where productivity is at an all time low, often with staff having to be booked off for long periods of time due to lack of exposure to natural light.
Recent studies have been done around the long-term effect of exposure to fluorescent lighting, which are also not yielding positive results. According to researchers who study how working environments impact workers’ creativity, productivity and well being, lighting has a huge impact.
From the corner office to the cubicle, better lighting could help raise productivity and profits. Often businesses trying to cut corners with bad lighting see less effectiveness and lower quality work from their employees.
Bad lighting can result in eye-strain, fatigue and low morale for workers. And the increased likelihood of making errors when looking at computer screens and reading documents with dismal lighting is well known.
Studies show that good lighting can increase staff satisfaction and productivity whilst lowering costs and improving energy savings.
Here are a few simple ways to enhance your office lighting:
- Natural lighting is best – Where ever possible maximise natural lighting by opening blinds and moving desks around. If people are working at computer screens where it’s difficult to work in natural lighting without a glare shield, ensure that the staff have a good, naturally lit staff room where they can go on breaks to give their eyes a rest.
- Brainstorm meeting rooms – Ensure lighting in meeting rooms is cooler (or blue light), which creates an atmosphere of energy and alertness, to stimulate these crucial meeting times.
- Desk lighting – Use a small LED desk lamp for overhead down lighting, this brightens spaces, and for open plan offices also creates a more intimate area around an individual’s desk
In summary, thoughtful lighting design can be a powerful tool to increase employee performance. There are real costs associated with not addressing lighting issues at work and they could be fixed with the simple change of a light bulb.
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