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Like most things taken for granted, a lack of natural light is felt most strongly in absence. As humans we need natural light for all sorts of chemical processes within our bodies, too; it’s the reason so many of us suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) come the winter.

The work environment is not much different. Having access to natural light sources is sometimes seen as a sign of prestige, when really it should be essential for everyone.

Staff will be more creative and productive. Science says so.

According to a neuroscience study from Cohere, staff in workplaces which have plenty of natural light experience up to 40% higher productivity levels. The same piece of research also found that those working in daylight were 15% more creative.

You’ll nurture a happier, healthier workforce

The Employee Experience study, by HR advisory company Future Workplace, outlines how those working in natural light experience 56% less drowsiness. Cohere also uncovered that daylight in the working environment contributed to around 46 extra minutes of sleep every night.

Letting more light in will also help staff:

In fact, according to Professor Alan Hedge from the Department of Design & Environmental Analysis at Cornell University, workspaces illuminated by natural light sources resulted in an 84% drop in symptoms of eye strain, headaches and blurred vision.

You’ll save yourself some cash when it comes to the utility bills

Relying on natural light sources rather than electricity is a quick and easy way to cut back on your overheads. Lower energy usage means lower bills, which is always a bonus for growing businesses!

It’s an eco-savvy and sustainable way of doing things

Using less artificial light will not only help you save some money on your business utility bills, it’s also a great way to improve your sustainability approach. Reducing energy will help you become a more eco-friendly operation and reduce your carbon footprint in the process.

Do you have any tips on how you can maximise the amount of natural light in your office? Let us know in the comments below or come and share them with us over on Twitter or Facebook.

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Elizabeth Hughes

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