Natural light the #1 office perk

Harvard business review published the results of a survey by an HR consultancy on this back in 2018, so that’s four years ago! But many offices are still too dark, causing many disadvantages for the employees, such as fatigue and gloom. But what are the benefits of natural light in the office?

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Better sleep

Every employer wants his employees to geta good night’s sleep. A good night’s sleep is essential for a person’s well-being. They feel more rested the next day and wake up with more energy. In general, an employee who sits next to a large window and receives a lot of natural light sleeps 46 minutes more per night extra than his colleague who does not sit next to a window and receives less natural light.


Better health and mood

Better sleep and more sunlight have a natural effect on health and mood. So, not only do employees take less sick leave but are also happier if they sit next to a window.


Productivity boost

NBBJ published a study comparing sales in shops with and without a skylight. They found that sales were 40% higher in the shops with skylight than in shops with fluorescent lighting!

And all with free natural daylight!


And if skylights are not possible, install "good light", which is lighting that mimics the positive aspects of daylight as closely as possible.


Sources:

https://news.feinberg.northwestern.edu/2014/08/12/zee-office-light/

https://www.newdayoffice.com/blog/benefits-of-natural-light-in-the-workplace

https://www.nbbj.com/news

https://hbr.org/2018/09/the-1-office-perk-natural-light

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