Imagine you wake up, get ready, and get to work feeling energetic for the day to come. You enter your office, and it feels like you are walking into a cave. Everything is dark, dingy, and gloomy. Would you feel any motivation to do your tasks for the day?
When you enter an office, the last thing you want is to feel a lack of energy and motivation. No matter how great you think, your environment and office space play a huge role in how productive you are. Offices should have an ergonomic and practical use of natural light to create a healthy work environment for their staff.
Reasons why you should take advantage of natural light in your office space
It regulates your body’s natural circadian rhythm
All our bodies follow a natural clock, which we call the circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm is what is responsible for our sleep-wake cycles. When this circadian rhythm goes out of whack, we tend to lose sleep, wake up at odd hours, and overall feel lethargic and a sense of perpetual fatigue.
Exposing yourself to artificial lights for an extended period can also create a misbalance in your circadian rhythm.
However, exposure to natural light can help regulate this sleep-wake cycle. When you have an excellent sleep-wake cycle, you naturally feel energetic, motivated, and your productivity levels go up.
It reduces eye strain
If you already spend hours at a desk in front of a computer for work, you are well aware of eye strain and its ill effects.
A massive factor for eye strain is also staring at computer screens that emit blue light- something which has several long term dangers for our eyes and brain.
By letting in natural light into the office space, you can help to reduce your eye strain by balancing out the light in your environment. Artificial lighting can have the same effects as eye strain, but natural light does not (since it does not have high levels of blue light).
It improves mood
Grumpy employees are unproductive employees. When it comes to finding a long term but a quick solution to elevating employees’ moods, letting in natural light can work wonders. Individuals who do not have exposure to natural light during the day can become progressively depressed and experience anxiety.
When you need a break from work, people often recommend going out for a walk and getting some fresh air and sunlight. Well, if you allow natural light into your office space, you can have the best of both works at absolutely no cost. Which brings us to our next point.
It is economical
Letting in natural light into your office space costs nothing. As long as you have windows in your office, you are good to go.
During the daytime (when the sunlight and heat outside is bearable), pull up your blinds, open the curtains, and allow natural light to seep into the office space. It works like an instant mood booster, makes employees feel energized, and helps them focus on their work better. Better focus means more productivity, which is what any company could ask for.
Energy costs reduce
Not only does it cost you nothing to open up the windows and let natural light in, but it could also actually help you save money.
Introducing natural light immediately reduces the need for artificial light. You could even turn off the AC in your office for a couple of hours if the weather allows you that luxury.
Subsequently, you will find that your energy costs are reducing and you end up saving more money at the end of the year.
Take advantage of natural landscaping
Sometimes the outside light is too harsh, and it makes you feel hot and uncomfortable. If that is the case, you can always take advantage of the natural landscaping in your office area. Build windows around areas where there are trees and shrubs so that the harsh glare reduces, and you can enjoy natural light without the harshness to it.
If renovating your office space isn’t an option right now, you can look for some easy ideas which can help you introduce natural light into your office space. It is one of the most straightforward, most economical tools to improve your employees’ moods and motivate them to be more productive at the office.
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