Why Every Office Should Increase Natural Light Exposure Now

Natural light awakens, inspires and entices. You can see it in the way people flock outside the second they get off work during the summer. Or the way tourists travel to the beach to soak up the sun, relax and recharge during the colder months. Humans crave and enjoy light.

There’s a reason for this, and recent studies show that a lack of workplace daylight exposure can actually diminish our quality of life.

“Shorter daylight hours can affect sleep, productivity and state of mind,” says Dr. Andrew Weil.

Researchers at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine agree, citing in a recent study that exposure to natural light during the workweek inspired participants to exercise more. Workers with a window were also found to be better rested, receiving an average of 46 more minutes of sleep a night. Workers without a window, however, reported more sleep disturbances.

The study suggests that something as simple as natural light “may provide a profound way to improve office workers’ productivity and health, as well as the safety of the community they work and live in.”

Given that an estimated 68% of employees complain about the lack of natural light in their offices, how can companies increase natural light in their office spaces?

It’s all about the window.

“A window-wrapped office isn’t just a sign of status – it could also be a sign of health,” Bloomberg reports.

We compiled a few tips and resources here to help you create a work environment that’s better for your company and your health.

Increase Natural Light Exposure in the Office
Smart companies know that creating a better work environment can only lead to positive outcomes and that thoughtful lighting design, with the use of expansive windows, is a great way to improve employee performance.

If your company’s office already has windows, consider breaking down cubicles to allow natural light to flow more freely throughout the space.

For employees without access to natural light: Book a conference room with windows to work in for a few hours each day. You can also take phone call meetings outside or near a window when it’s convenient.

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Increase Natural Light Exposure in the Home Office
Repositioning office furniture is one of the easiest ways to lower stress levels and enhance productivity in the home office. Make sure your desk faces a wall that has a window nearby, or position the desk in the center of the room facing the window(s) to receive even more natural light exposure.

Contact your local Pella sales representative to learn more about how windows and natural light can enhance employee productivity and quality of life.


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A self-proclaimed Social Media Geek and DIY aficionado, Nicolle is a member of the Pella Marketing team, focused on content creation and curation. In her free time she can be found pillaging thrift shops for furniture projects, attempting to rationalize with her 4 year old daughter, and editing her husband’s honey-do list.