It creeps up on us every year – the evenings get steadily darker until it’s time for the clocks to change. Normally at this point we have the same conversation every year about whether clocks go forwards or backwards (it’s backwards). Some well-meaning individual then tries to claim that “at least you get an extra hour in bed”. Those people have underestimated the impact of living with a 7 year old child…
While these conversations won’t impact productivity over the winter months, poor or inappropriate lighting may. As we spend 80-90% of our time indoors with about 20% of that at work, it’s worth exploring how good lighting can promote productive workplaces. A study conducted by Mills, Tomkins and Schlangen (2007) indicated that a well-lit office can improve productivity by up to 20%. Additional research by Phipps-Nelson, Redman, Dijk, and Rajaratnam (2003) suggests that this increase is due to an increase in alertness and improved reaction times whilst reducing sleepiness.
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