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Arranging your workspace to increase natural light

With daylight savings starting, natural light is in abundance once again. Which is a great thing for workers, as a recent study covered in the Harvard Business Review found that the number one office perk remains to be natural light.

Yes, that’s basic natural light and not rows of ping pong tables or slides that take you down through office floors. It seems all of the modern office gimmicks don’t hold a candle to the thing we want at work most.

The survey by Future Workplace called “The Employee Experience” reveals the reality is that employees crave something far more fundamental and essential to human needs.

In its research poll of 1,614 North American employees, Future Workspace found that access to natural light and views of the outdoors are the number one attribute of the workplace environment, outranking stalwarts like onsite cafeterias, fitness centres, and premium perks including even on-site childcare (which is, however, an incredibly minimal offering and still very uncommon).

Find out more about the study here: Harvard Business Review

But far beyond being a simple perk, further research also shows that exposure to natural light improves workplace performance.

The study by Northwestern University, Chicago, researchers found that here is a strong relationship between workplace daylight exposure and office workers’ sleep, activity and quality of life. See this study here

So with the weight of science and research behind us, here are some A1 Office top tips for maximising natural light in your workspace:

Don’t reserve your best windows for boardrooms

Meeting rooms are used by an employee far less than their own desk, so bring the windows as close as you can to where your workforce is mostly going to be.

Be aware of the glare

Windows close to workspaces can create some powerful screen glare, so invest in blinds and shades that can be best angled to capture the day’s sun, without overdoing it for those working nearby. It’s vital to manage heat and glare in a way that means employees won’t have their blinds permanently drawn. Window glazes and tints are key when getting the light right for your office environment.

Use walls and partitions with transparency

Stop walls and doors from obstructing light by steering away from plaster for interior workspace zones.

Our recent workspace transformation for Actionair features a series of timber dividers that cleverly separate office spaces, while not blocking out natural light.

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