HOW LIGHTING CAN AFFECT OFFICE PRODUCTIVITY
Most of us know the importance of having a clean and ergonomic work space to maximise office productivity. However, this goes much further than having the correct posture and cleaning up your coffee cup. Lighting can also have a huge impact on office productivity when it is done correctly.
Lighting to support positive office productivity is not a one-size-fits-all policy. It depends on the office design and layout as well as the natural lighting available throughout the year. These factors have to be taken into consideration to work out how light can be produced and projected with maximum effectiveness.
Here, we look at what to consider when planning workplace lighting to ensure you get the most of out your teams no matter the time of day or year.
Bright lights, big city.
Computers feature heavily in the working lives of most of us. In fact, research has shown that we spend half of our lives staring at screens either on a desktop, tablet or smartphone. Lighting in the workplace has to counteract the bright and harsh lighting of these devices. This is not only to keep office productivity high in the short term, but also to minimise the negative impact over the long term too. This includes conditions including Computer Vision Syndrome, migraines and eye strain. The common choice of strip lighting can add more glare to an already processed environment. LED lighting can overcome this issue, as well as being a more cost-effective and energy-efficient option too.
Rest and relaxation.
We all need to take a break or two during the working day to keep office productivity up. Chill out areas in a workplace are becoming more and more common to give teams some downtime when it is needed. Sleep pods, smoothie bars and foosball tables are becoming increasingly popular in offices throughout the world. The lighting in these areas should be very different from that in a meeting room or at a workstation. Lighting style and functionality need to be married up throughout an office environment to create complete spaces which people are clambering to spend the 9-5 in.
Dimly lit is not the answer.
Think about the lighting you use at home to create ambience. Soft lighting, maybe some candles – whatever you choose, it’s definitely more on the dark side. This is all to help our minds and bodies unwind after a hectic day and to prepare our bodies for rest.
It is therefore clear to see that this type of lighting would not support office productivity. In addition, recent studies have also shown that it could actually have a long-term negative impact on our mental performance too. Research has shown that spending a lot of time in dimly lit spaces can actually change the structure of the brain and impair a person’s ability to learn and remember information. Look after your employees and opt for stronger lighting which will keep them happy and healthy throughout the working day and beyond.
Most of us have also heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder, where some people struggle more in the dark winter months. This can impact on our mood, energy levels and our appetites. Indoor lighting can have the same effect on us too. So, shine some light on the subject and invest in quality office lighting which will get the most of out of your workforce.
Colour me happy.
Colour therapy extends to everything around us – from the colour of your clothing to the paint on your walls. It can also impact on office productivity through your choice of lighting too. Office lighting doesn’t have to mean strong colour choices – a subtle hint of colour can also make all of the difference to office productivity. LED lighting can help you to make this small changes to office lighting. From coloured bulbs to warmer or cooler shades of the same colour for something a little more subtle, LEDs can create the right atmosphere for your office. For example, blue lighting has been proven to help us to fight stress and relax, which can only be good for office productivity.
So, in summary, the right choice of workplace lighting can positively lift the office productivity of your employees. Those eight hours of the working day can pass in the blink of an eye when we all have long to-do lists to get through. Office lighting should support the mental and physical wellbeing of your employees by providing the right conditions to not only get the job done but also provide them with a calm space for break times too.
The team at Planned Lighting Maintenance are the experts at creating the right lighting for your working environment – from the office to the factory floor. Our lighting project management service will help to select the best options for your individual needs.
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