From stand-sit desks, to nap pods and “Bring your furry friends to work”, enough has been written about on what kind of office space makes the workplace a happy experience for employees. A new study has boiled it down to one simple element that workers actually crave for: natural light. The absence of natural light and outdoor views, the Future Workplace study found, affects the employee experience. Over a third of employees complained that they don’t get enough natural light, while almost half admit they feel tired or very tired from the absence of natural light or a window at their office. “While treadmill desks and nap pods sometimes get a lot of hype, the study clearly found that essential things such as optimized natural light and views are the most impactful and valued office perks. Employees say workplaces infused with daylight and views of the outside promote their well-being, engagement, and productivity,” says Jeanne Meister, the founding partner of Future Workplace, in the study, titled “The Employee Experience-Employees Desire Natural Light and Views Over Any Other Office Perk”. The Northwestern University research said employees with windows received 173 per cent more white light exposure during work hours and slept an average of 46 minutes more per night. “As companies increasingly look to empower their employees to work better and be healthier, it is clear that placing them in office spaces with optimal natural light should be one of their first considerations.”
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