How Technologies can Help Reduce Stress in the Workplace

Richard Branson once said, “look after your staff and they’ll look after your customers. It’s that simple”

Healthy employees perform better because they have more energy and therefore, more motivation. In light of Stress Awareness Day, we look at how certain technologies can reduce stress in your workforce making employees more productive and relaxed.

 Lighting

A lot of people assume that designing lighting for a space is quite simple, however, designing the RIGHT lighting for a space is a complex task.

Different tasks require different levels of lighting and where individuals are carrying out more detailed tasks access to lighting control should be considered. Studies have shown that giving employees in open plan offices control over lighting can increase job satisfaction and decrease the experience of stress.

As well as control over the lighting, the colour of the lighting has been proven to reduce stress. Blue lighting accelerates the relaxation process after acute stress, particularly when compared to the more conventional white light.

Sound Masking and Treatment

Noise in the workplace can have a considerate impact on an employee’s wellbeing and stress levels.

Conversational distraction is the number one dissatisfaction in employee wellbeing, equally, a completely silent workplace can increase stress levels with workers being afraid to have a conversation.

Adding an unobtrusive background noise to an environment increases office comfort, making employees feel more relaxed and in turn, reducing stress. Sound Masking helps create a balanced, comfortable acoustical environment that’s not too quiet, not too loud, but just right.

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