Daylighting is known to affect many aspects of how a business runs, including energy consumption, sales, and more. But evidence suggests that it may have a direct, positive effect on productivity as well.
Below are four ways in which natural lighting can ensure a more productive and efficient workplace environment for your business.
Natural, broad-spectrum daylight takes a direct role in helping to regulate the body’s natural hormone cycles. If cortisol, melatonin, and serotonin are produced in the right amounts and at the right times, then a person will feel happier and calmer. Disruptions to this balance can offset the body weakening the immune system and leading tiredness, anxiety, and depressed moods. Because our body relies on sunlight to regulate the production of melatonin, exposure to artificial light leads to either overproduction, which causes the onset of insomnia. Luckily exposure to natural light can prevent these harmful effects.
Nearly 25% of Americans in the workforce admit to experiencing“extreme stress” on a daily basis. Over time, this can contribute to difficulties focusing and eventually severely affect employee health. However, exposure to natural light throughout the day via daylighting has been shown to naturally trigger the release of neurotransmitters to reduce stress, lowering stress levels and slowing resting heart rates.
Decreases Sick Days
The health benefits of daylighting are well documented. Between the multiple ailments it aids in preventing and the way it bolsters a person’s immune system, exposure to natural light can have a profound effect on health. A 2011 study found that due to this integrating natural light could actually drastically reduce the average number of sick days used by employees, ensuring more productive working hours. In total the study found that the number of overall sick days could be cut by as much as 6.5%.
Boosts Mood & Focus
Multiple comparative studies show a strong correlation between natural light and positive mood. This light produces “non-specific positive environmental feelings,” as well as making spaces appear cleaner and less enclosed. Natural light is also shown to trigger increased attentiveness and short-term memory. Integrating it can do a lot to improve employee comfort and ensure greater attention to detail when completing tasks
Increases Overall Productivity
Overall, these combined elements are capable of producing a profound increase in productivity. Some figures place well-integrated daylighting as being capable of affecting a 6-16% increase in workplace productivity.