Tired of seeing the same low productivity numbers again and again? The explanation might be simpler than what you might expect. Business growth consultant Andrew Jensen offers a seemingly simple solution to this problem.
There are certain factors that everyone knows affect workplace productivity, but there is one important factor often overlooked by most employers across the globe: lighting.
The best alternative to harsh lighting and dim lighting systems is natural light itself. In a study conducted in Britain and published in “The Responsible Workplace,” it was shown that windows were the number one determinant of the occupants’ level of satisfaction with a building. This effect is due to lighting’s ability to affect the human body in two ways: directly, in the form of affecting what and how well we are able to see, and indirectly, in the form of effects on our mood, behavior, and even hormonal balance. Natural lighting renovations have been shown to result in happier workers, less absenteeism, and fewer illnesses, and, because better lighting encourages satisfaction among workers, it also results in increased productivity.
According to other studies, lighting plays a big role in stimulating one’s overall performance. For instance, poor lighting is linked to sleeping disorders, which could add up to why you often have sleepy and low-energy workers. Simply put, you’d want a well-lit workplace that makes it easy for everyone to stay awake in relative comfort.
Scientifically speaking, light is one of the factors that affect the production of melatonin, a key hormone that triggers alertness. Although melatonin levels decrease with age, prolonged exposure to artificial light does not help this fact. People who work in mostly fluorescent-lit spaces are most susceptible to this effect.
The solution to this possible threat to employee health and productivity lies just outside your building: natural lighting. Adequate exposure to sunlight helps eliminate eyestrain, headaches, and mood swings. As such, be sure pull up curtains and blinds during the daytime to allow light to enter. Aside from proper artificial lighting fixtures, each workspace must have the optimum number of windows in Indianapolis so that every employee gets to enjoy the maximum benefits of natural lighting.
Of course, you need to make sure that your windows are made of sturdy and energy-efficient glass panels that meet your design requirements. Whether you’re designing a workspace from scratch or are currently in need of replacement windows in Indianapolis, be sure to work with a company you can trust—such as Suburban Glass, for instance.
(Source: How Office Lighting Affects Productivity, Andrew Jensen, July 2014)