It’s an age old conundrum. How can bosses invigorate a flagging workforce without disrupting the whole office?
Staff productivity is a key concern for any company, especially as it dramatically affects work input and therefore profitability as a whole. The insufficiencies of a desk-chained environment can be overlooked and disregarded as secondary. However, recent studies by the Centre for Mental Health have highlighted a major issue affecting staff in office-based workplaces – ‘presenteeism’.
A term for employees who simply show up to work as if it’s their only obligation, business bosses are increasingly finding that their staff come to work only to spend their days getting little to nothing done, slowing down important projects and negatively impacting on the staff forced to share their workload. If this sounds like your business, how can you boost your employee’s productivity and avoid this vicious cycle?
The answer? Natural light.
It sounds crazy, but when it comes to implementing changes for a positive office environment, many have argued for the health benefits from natural light, particularly sunshine. Sunshine is very important for well-being because of the UV rays it provides. These help the human body to produce vitamin D, dubbed ‘the sunshine vitamin’ by health experts. Vitamin D has been hailed as an effective treatment for allergies, back pain, tension headaches and namely, depression.
Studies have proven the benefits of natural light for workplace productivity. In 2008, a study of 1,000 city workers by the Federation for Small Businesses found that 22% of workers got less than 20 minutes of sunshine a day. As a result, two-thirds of participants suffered with depression and four out of five blamed their lack of motivation on their sunless working environments.
So what can you do? Well, rather than cashing out on expensive light boxes, artificial sunshine ceilings or vitamin supplements on tap, the installation of glass skylights is a worthwhile investment. If the ceiling above an employee’s head is restricting their vitamin D intake and so their capacity to work, the common sense solution is to remove the obstacle. Alternatively a roof window is a brilliant solution and will not only bathe office space in a glow of natural light but will boost the potential and welfare of all of those beneath it.
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