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Does Lighting Affect Productivity?

Does Lighting Affect Productivity?

Lighting & Productivity

Lighting is very important to not only your eyes, but also everything that you do in your office. Poor lighting results in poor quality of work and even feelings of sadness over prolonged periods of time. Often overlooked, we neglect to provide our office space with enough lighting. Have you ever walked into a building and seen one light off, one flickering, and another dimmer than the rest? Even though there may be series of ceiling lights, all of them need to function at one hundred percent brightness to ensure ease of perception for your eyes. Does your office have sufficient lighting?

When your office is dim you have to squint to read, and see clearly the characters on your monitor. This unnecessary squinting places too much strain on your eyes. If you can think back to when you were younger, your parents always cautioned you against reading in poorly lit environments. Why? Because the more you have to strain your eyes, the harder they have to work. When your eyes have to exert so much energy, they become weak over time and this causes them to lose focus. This is why some people suffer from myopia and hyperopia.    

So what do you do when lighting is not good? You can replace the lights yourself if your company permits you to do so or you can notify the maintenance staff or manager to improve the lighting or make replacement. When you have just the right amount of lighting you will notice that not only will eyestrain lessen but your mood and your energy will improve as well. Consequently, when mood and energy are improved, work performance and productivity will improve as well. It’s a linear relationship.

Having the proper lightening is a great step towards practicing good ergonomics. This is one change that will yield immediate results in your work performance. Being happier at work will also result in being happier towards your colleagues. This will ultimately lead to an overall work satisfaction.