Believe it or not, windows play a big role in an employee’s satisfaction with a workspace. That’s because lighting doesn’t just affect how well we are able to see, it also affects our mood and behavior.
But while it‘s true that natural light can result in happier workers, less absenteeism, reduced stress, and 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 and alertness. And the best part is, it doesn’t matter if the natural light is coming through windows or filtered through translucent materials, you and 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 moveable walls, lower panel heights, and 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 daylight matters
Reduces stress and increases productivity and alertness
Workers overwhelmingly prefer working near windows
Natural light provides variety and stimulation during the day
Tapping natural light as a resource reduces energy use