Believe it or not, windows play a big role in an employee's satisfaction with a work space. That's because lighting doesn't just affect how well we are able to see, it also affects our mood + behavior.
But while it's true that natural light can result in happier workers, less absenteeism, reduced stress, + fewer illnesses, there's also a compelling economic reason to bring more light into the workplace - A greater dose of daylight can also increase employee productivity + alertness. And the best part is, it doesn't matter if the natural light is coming through windows or filtered through translucent materials, you + your employees will experience the same benefits.
But what about the employees who aren't lucky enough to work near a window? Don't worry, you don't have to leave them sitting in the dark. Glass panels, glazed movable walls, lower panel heights, + translucent or mesh partitions/walls can improve their access to daylight, too. Plus, some of these solutions even provide the added benefit of acoustic privacy.
Why does daylight matter?
- reduces stress, increases productivity, + alertness
- workers overwhelmingly prefer working near windows
- natural light provides variety + stimulation during the day
- tapping natural light resource reduces energy use