Let's Shed a Little Light...
...on the benefits of natural light in the workplace.
Light affects everything we do. It tells us when to rise and when it’s time to slow down and go to sleep. It warms the earth, grows plants and with the addition of solar panels, it can even power buildings. One of the places I like to work is at Greenhouse Loft. They recognize the benefits of natural light and felt light was so important that they made it a key feature of their space.
Most of us can’t control our working conditions on a day-to-day basis. However, scheduling a healthy mix of off-site meetings can stimulate employees’ brains and get them thinking more creatively. A change in environment that includes natural light pouring in the windows can be just the spark your business is looking for.
Here are just a few of the many ways natural light can positively affect your business.
Natural daylight causes positive effects on our circadian rhythm - the body clock that tells us when to be alert and when to get ready for sleep. When our bodies are deprived of sunlight, they may confuse waking hours for sleeping ones and that is why you are likely to find yourself dozing off during a meeting in a windowless room.
When sun is streaming in the windows, ideas flow more freely and collaboration comes more naturally. Exposure to daylight increases a person’s vitamin D intake which in turn affects their overall mood. As little as 15 minutes of sunlight each day can get your vitamin D levels heading in the right direction, so just imagine what a whole day of exposure to natural light could do!
According to Fit Brains, the light that streams in during the early morning is best. This light helps our bodies become alert, attentive and focused. It’s a cycle. Employees that receive more exposure to light sleep better at night. Well-rested employees show up to work ready to be more productive throughout the day. This bodes well for those in the innovation business like us. More productive employees equals more time for creativity.
If you’re thinking about creative ways to boost productivity for your business, why not book an off-site meeting at a bright event space? Venues such as Greenhouse Loft have floor-to-ceiling windows, with tons of natural light streaming in. Paired with the rooftop garden, gorgeous reclaimed hardwood floors and above average indoor air quality, their warm and inviting environment will help you exceed your meeting goals.