Discover How Glass Architecture Can Boost Your Employees’ Productivity
There are many reasons that we, as humans, crave greater contact with the outside world. To begin with, our species evolved in an outdoor arena in which it was necessary for us to attune ourselves to seasonal and environmental changes, as doing so would help us survive and thrive. But in the modern age, there’s much less need for us to maintain this connection with the world around us.
Instead, we spend a great many of our waking hours in a sterile, unchanging office space, interfacing with a computer and interacting relatively little with those around us. This significant paradigm shift in the way we live and operate has taken its toll on our species, leading to lower morale, physical discomfort and even depression.
That’s why it is all the more important that we find ways to introduce elements of the outdoors into our everyday workspaces. Something as simple as natural light or plant life in the workplace can have a positive effect on the morale of those who operate inside. And as we’ll see in the next section, this positive impact includes greater efficiency and higher levels of productivity.
The Benefits of Natural Light in the Workplace
At Arkay Windows, we’re in the business of bringing light into interiors. Over the years, we’ve seen firsthand what a difference an infusion of natural light can make. But we’re by no means alone, as there have been many studies in recent years showing positive correlations between natural light and higher levels of productivity in the workplace. We’ll go over some of the specific benefits below:
- Employees get more done in the presence of generous natural light.
It’s a seemingly simple correlation, but it has profound implications for office managers and business operators. Studies consistently find that employees who work near windows report higher levels of productivity, satisfaction and contentment.
- Employees enjoy higher quality sleep when natural light plays a factor in their daily lives.
Simply allowing more natural light into the workplace could end up helping your employees get more (and better) sleep at night. Exposure to natural light during the day serves to calibrate our circadian rhythms, which in turn makes it easier to fall asleep at the end of the day. Needless to say, employees who are sleeping well at night are going to be better equipped for duty the following day.
- Employees in a well-lit environment experience higher morale.
There have also been several studies linking a person’s mood with the amount of natural light they’re exposed to. For example, some experience a form of depression during the winter months, when the days are shorter and the weather is generally gloomier. Likewise, employees who work in an office that benefits from generous use of glass and windows typically report higher levels of satisfaction – and that can lead to higher productivity as well.
If you are looking for ways to boost productivity in your own workplace, have a look at our extensive line of doors, windows and screens. As you’ll see, letting more natural light in the office doesn’t have to strain your budget, and it could even lead to higher efficiency.