Workplace Trends: #6 – Workstation with a View
When it comes to the facts, the fact is the effects of daylighting receives a lot of attention. This attention and research provides data that demonstrates, across industries and environments, the benefits of daylight on productivity.
- Students achieved 25% higher grades on standardized tests
- Retail sales increased per store
- Office workers performed 10% to 25% better on tests of mental function and memory recall
And when it comes to sustainability, daylighting also receives significant attention. LEED for Commercial Interiors guidelines stresses access to daylight and views to the outdoors.
So, how can we design more daylight into our daily office life? From an architectural perspective, windows and skylights can provide a true connection to nature while also being part of energy-efficient design strategies. Incorporating glass architectural walls or wall and door details with glass panels, clerestory windows and sidelights can help light penetrate deeper into the core of the building. When specifying furniture, selecting lower height panels and elevated furniture again increases access to natural light. Furthermore, the use of lighter colors and surface treatments that reflect light can also make the most of the available natural light. The impact of these strategies is not just about employee satisfaction, these planning decisions offer additional benefits, such as lower energy costs and enhanced employee productivity.
Isn’t it time we strive to give every employee a workstation with a view…or rather a workspace touched by natural light?