04 Apr Boost office productivity with better lighting
From noisy colleagues and pointless meetings to getting distracted by social media and online shopping, there are a number of different things that can affect office productivity. However, have you ever considered how lighting can have an impact on your workforce?
In a study conducted by the American Society of Interior Design, 68 per cent of employees complained about the lighting situation in their offices. The fact that members of staff actually had a problem with workplace light is enough reason alone to take this issue seriously.
So, what can you do? Well, you have a couple of options available.
Let in more natural light
Windows are the number one determinant of an occupants’ level of satisfaction within a building according to a study conducted and published in “The Responsible Workplace.”
This is because natural light affects the body in two ways. First of all, it determines what and how well we are able to see. Secondly, it can influence our mood, behaviour, and even hormonal balance.
On top of that, more natural light has been proven to result in happier employees, less absenteeism, fewer illnesses, and perhaps most importantly, increased productivity.
However, this does not mean to say you should knock down your office walls and replace them with floor to ceiling windows. You will still need to strike the right balance between harsh and dim lighting, which isn’t always possible with windows.
Artificial light installations
For the ultimate in office productivity, think about installing more sources of artificial light, which can be controlled according to employee preference.
After all, if you overhaul your office lighting but it is still too dark, members of staff will have to strain their eyes, which has been known to cause headaches, drowsiness, and a lack of focus. All of which can have a negative impact on employee motivation.
Then again, too many lights can make it difficult for the eye to focus. Florescent lighting has also been cited as a trigger for migraine headaches. Therefore, it is imperative that you can monitor and manage the brightness of your office.
If you enlist the services of BrightLec, we will do everything we can to make your office as safe and comfortable as possible. One of our electricians can visit your workplace and provide professional advice about the best lighting solution. If you are happy and would like to proceed, we can then give you a full written quotation to carry out the job.