The Importance of Lighting on our Wellbeing & Productivity

Introduction 

Now we’re getting into the darker months, workplace lighting is integral to ensure employee’s wellbeing and productivity does not dwindle.

Increased wellbeing and productivity should be on every employer’s agenda. After all, employees are standing for approximately 90% of a company’s operating costs so a small change in that aspect will make a huge difference on the bottom line.

Natural Light and Wellbeing

The human body is the product of thousands of years of evolution, and it is built to be exposed to natural light regularly. There are a number of benefits of exposure to natural light. As well as its necessity for Vitamin D synthesis, daylight also plays a critical role in maintaining circadian rhythm.

Our biological clock requires exposure to darkness at night and the clear blue light during daytime, any disruptions to our circadian rhythm can lead to our health and wellbeing being decreased and therefore our productivity.

Light and Buildings

We spend the majority of our time indoors, coming into these winter months the majority of us will arrive at work in the dark and leave for home in the dark as well, receiving no natural sunlight.

Employers need to bear this in mind and put into place the right light for their employees. Poor lighting in the workplace can lead to mental and physical fatigue, eyestrain, migraines and stress. According to the research conducted by Staples of over 7,000 office workers, 80% report that having good lighting in the workplace is important to them with 40% having to deal with uncomfortable lighting every day.

In the same survey a third of the respondents said that better lighting would make them happier at work but when access to natural sunlight is so limited in the winter months, it is artificial lighting that we turn to, to provide us with the sufficient lighting that we need.

Human Centric Lighting

 To tackle the lack of sunlight and the disruptions to our circadian rhythm, human centric lighting can be introduced into the workplace.

Human Centric Lighting (HCL) is like indoor daylight. Leaps and bounds have been made in LED technology to artificially create a full spectrum of lighting, mimicking daylight. HCL can change colour and intensity throughout the day, imitating illumination patterns just like natural daylight to aid our circadian rhythm. HCL can have huge benefits on employee’s wellbeing and productivity, which can in turn improve your bottom line.

Conclusion

The spotlight now is increasingly on human health and wellbeing and how lighting can improve productivity. It’s just a matter of time before more businesses switch on.

Remark Group can work with your business to provide the right lighting to support your building and your employees. Get in touch today to see how we can transform your companies lighting