The Effects Of Natural Light On Productivity
We’ve all been there; stuck in an office cubicle, counting down the minutes and feeling more and more drained as the day goes on. It’s no secret that a mood like this will have a negative effect on your productivity. But did you know that the root cause of this dip can be linked back to a lack of natural light?
There are plenty of studies into the effects of natural light on productivity, the most staggering fact is that the presence of natural light can increase productivity and sales by as much as 40%! The reason for this is that poor light is linked to sleep problems, low mood and poor workplace satisfaction; whereas good light positively affects creativity and inspires people! So let’s look into these factors and get to the bottom of increasing your sales and revenue.
Exposure to natural light helps your body settle down in the evenings and enables you to fall into a deeper and more effective sleep pattern. To put it bluntly, a good nights sleep will always make you feel more alert and ready to attack the day with positivity. So make sure you have plenty of natural light in the workplace to encourage a well-rested workforce.
Natural light has a direct impact on our internal body clock, otherwise known as our circadian rhythm. This is the natural day to night cycle and when the circadian rhythm is disturbed, not only does this result in a poor night’s sleep but the long-term effects can be linked to obesity, depression and a number of mental health disorders. From an employers point of view, these factors won’t only make for a distracted employee but may also have an effect on your employees absentee rate. If your employees simply don’t turn up then obviously your productivity plummets and your sales suffer. So take care of your employees by ensuring they are exposed to plenty of natural light and in turn, they will be healthier, happier and more productive.
Vision is responsible for 80-85% of the way we perceive the world around us; moreover, 75% of employees report that having natural light in the workplace is important to them. Therefore it can be assumed that by creating a lighter workspace with lots of visual access to the outside world, employees’ workplace satisfaction could increase and in turn increase their ability and desire to work more efficiently and productively.
How many times have you been caught staring out of the window at work and daydreaming? This isn’t just a frivolous pass-time to be ignored. Daydreaming is an important time for the brain to spend time working on creativity and mental health. When you are daydreaming, your mind is organising itself, storing information and working on your subconscious; and it’s no wonder that the best ideas come to us when we are staring out of a window. If you want to increase the glass surface in your office space without creating a structural glass wall then some well-placed roof lights can utilise unused space in a creative way.