Natural light- an important aspect to measure workplace productivity

Natural light- an important aspect to measure workplace productivity

A new research has shed light on the connection between creative interiors of a workplace and employee experience. A survey called ‘The Employee Experience’ conducted by HR advisory at the firm Future Workplace gives insight into expectations of employees at their place of work. The survey reported that about 1,614 employees of North America rated natural light and outdoor views as number one attribute to an appealing workplace environment.  Surprisingly, these factors outnumbered the obvious: cafeterias, on-site childcare, fitness centers, etc. The results also revealed that absence of natural light and outdoor views also impacted employee experience. The survey suggested that over a third of employees don’t get enough natural light which hampered their mood. About 47% of employees admitted that they felt ‘tired’ or ‘very tired’ by the paucity of natural light, while 43% felt gloomy because of lack of light or windows.

The research comes in the wake of the growing trend which gives importance to employee wellbeing. A recent iteration of The State of the American workplace revealed that more than half of the employees rate overall wellbeing as very important. Work-life balance followed in close footsteps in place two. These two factors were also rated as important factors to measure employee engagement and individual performance.

The eMarketer Mobile Research study reported that the additional importance to daylight infused workplaces could be due to increased usage of mobile devices. Daily more than four hours are spent by American adults over 18 years of age. These results were supported by ‘The Employee Experience’, about 73% of the surveyed employees are reported to yearn for a ‘visual break’, which includes taking a walk or looking through an unobstructed window. Most of the interviewed employees attributed this as a result of their longer usage of technology device.

The connection between natural light and employee experience was further confirmed by a Research conducted by Cornell University. The team revealed that optimization of natural light significantly affected the health and wellness of workers. 51% drop in eye strain and 63% drop in incidences of headache, 56% reduction in drowsiness were often linked with brighter workplace areas. This was supported by another study led by Harvard University, which indicated that 78% of employees reported improvement of wellbeing to natural light, while 70% reported improved work performance.