The source of natural light is beneficial to us in many different ways. Natural light can be considered one of the basic human needs. Obviously! Where do we get vitamin D from? The sun, right? Office being a place where we spend the most time, it must be properly lit with an appropriate balance of natural light. This ensures positivity, calmness, and productivity. Poor lit and bleak office places are of no benefit to anyone. Humans thrive on natural light but have created a world where they spend most of the time indoors where access to it is limited. In this article, we’ll see how important natural light is for employees and how we can maximise the use of natural light in the workplace. As corporate designers, the motto is always to create an employee-friendly workplace that will embrace the flow of natural light for many good reasons. The foremost important thing is to know about the importance of it, to implement it in reality.
Importance of natural light
Boosts employee productivity: Natural light brings in positivity and calmness. As mentioned earlier in this blog, positivity leads to a willingness to work. Hence, increases productivity. Employees stay more satisfied and enjoy the work. Boosted productivity is boosted revenue.
The Komorebi Effect: This is a Japanese concept. Simply put, it means the effect of sunlight filtering through the trees. This effect is noticeable when the sun is low. It creates a pleasant ambience and soothing calm effect. Imagine the benefit that employees can get from it! Offices can recreate this effect by adding plants and having a source of natural light.
Boost Vitamin D: Vitamin D it is! Everybody knows how important vitamin D is for our body. Yet I would like to mention that it has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and neuroprotective properties that support immune health, muscle function, and brain cell activity. This means that exposure to sunlight can keep the employees healthy.
Ensures a welcoming and bright atmosphere: Natural light ensures a bright and welcoming environment. Employees will feel less bored. Natural light produces positivity and ensures freshness. An atmosphere that brings in natural light creates a better mood.
Reduced eye strain: Screens and artificial lights produce hazardous rays that can invite eye problems. Digital eye strain is most common among employees. This is because of the prolonged use of screens and artificial lights around them for several hours. A balance of natural lights can help keep the employees away from eye sickness. Natural light brings in freshness and increases productivity.
Simple ways to incorporate natural light
Incorporating natural light doesn’t mean a window with a view. It also doesn’t mean that every employee needs to sit beside the window. The office should have access to natural light to keep it pleasant and welcoming. Here are a few simple ways to incorporate natural light.
Windows are essential for natural light to pass in. Ensure that your workspace has windows so that you can very well have access to natural light.
Re-evaluate and re-arrange the desks and work areas of the employees so that everyone can have good access to natural light.
A conference room is a place that needs to be well lit. Tables and shelves can be rearranged to ensure enough natural light in the room.
Colours play an important role in ensuring a well-lit workspace. Choose colours that reflect light and not absorb it.
Morning Vs afternoon light should be considered while arranging the space. Take advantage of most of the hours of natural daylight.
You can also include reflective materials in the interior design to spread light. Mirrors and chromatic finishes can be used in the workspace.
It remains no mystery that natural light and productivity are directly related to one another. Doing the required things to ensure access to natural light will have positive effects on your employees and so on the business. At TrimitRachana, we consider your problems and find amazing solutions for them. We can help you design your workspace in such a way that access to natural light will no longer be a problem for you.
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