How Workplace Lighting can Affect Productivity

There are several variables that affect workplace productivity. While there has been a greater shift by employers to focus on these factors to make the necessary changes to assure their employees are at their healthiest, there is one workplace element that oftentimes goes ignored: Lighting.

And the Survey Says…

According to data collected by Leesman, – the world’s largest independent assessor of workplace effectiveness – of the quarter of a million employees in 69 countries surveyed, 75.8 percent stated that natural light is important to them, yet only 56.9 percent were happy with the offering in their workplace.

Lighting can have a significant impact on the concentration and productivity of an office. A study conducted by the American Society of Interior Design revealed that 68 percent of employees disliked the lighting in their offices. Studies have also shown that your overall feeling of health and well-being can be affected by the lighting in the space you’re in. Philips Systems also conducted a recent research that indicated the link between light and our internal “built-in clocks,” better known as circadian rhythms, that determine your sleep cycle, stimulation and relaxation.

Effects of Lighting in The Workplace

Dim lighting can be a serious detriment in an office setting. Not only can it cause eyestrain but it can also cause headaches, drowsiness and lack of focus. As one could deduce, this would hamper the concentration and productivity of any employee. Many offices have florescent lighting because of its long light life, with some being able to last up to 50,000 hours. However, this can also cause eyestrain and also serve as a trigger for those who suffer from migraine headaches.

Natural lighting has been shown to affect our moods, productivity, concentration, eyes, our decision-making and our sleep cycles. How many times after coming home from an eight or nine-hour shift at work have you felt lethargic, sluggish and in need of a nap? Many don’t take into account that this pattern could be a result from the lighting in their workplace.

Employer Responsible for Proper Lighting

Many employers would dread the cost of an overhaul to their office lighting but this is mainly an upfront cost. There are several lighting and energy options available that could actually help provide an employer with several thousand dollars per year in energy cost. Considering the significant negative impact poor lighting has on the productivity of a workplace, employers would be doing their employees and themselves a disservice by not looking into any option to increase the productivity of their workplace.