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Why Windows Make A Difference In An Office

It’s time to talk about office windows (and not the Microsoft variety). Many people don’t realise the significant impact that windows in an office can have. On top of providing views and a connection to the outside world, windows can help to let in natural light – which could help to boost happiness and productivity. Of course, windows can also have their drawbacks such as reducing privacy and creating screen glare. This post explains how to improve natural light, while avoiding the drawbacks. 

The importance of natural light

While you can use artificial lighting to illuminate an office, artificial lighting does not carry many of the health benefits that natural lighting does. 

Natural light is a source of vitamin D, which is important for the health of our skin, bones and mind. Being cooped up inside all day with no exposure to sunlight can lead many people to feel tired and low because we’re not getting this vitamin D. By improving natural light you can improve concentration and motivation in you and your staff.

We also rely on natural light levels to set our circadian rhythm. Many of us find it difficult to get to sleep at night if we haven’t had regular sun exposure throughout the day. In other words, if you want you and your staff members to sleep better and be more energised during the day, it’s important to maximise natural light.

How to improve natural light

There are a few different ways in which you can improve natural light in an office.

Clean your windows

Dirty windows could be having a negative impact on your company reputation, as well as limiting light through. It’s worth arranging regular cleaning to keep your windows clear. Regular cleaning could be particularly necessary if your office is located near a busy road.

Remove obstructions

Consider whether objects are blocking your windows and preventing light getting in. For instance, make sure that windows aren’t partially blocked by filing cabinets or that there isn’t a tree directly outside. If you have blinds, curtains or shutters, make sure that these aren’t permanently shut throughout the day. 

Install extra windows

An obvious solution could be to add more windows. This may only be possible if you own your office building and have planning permission. Additional windows could include extra side windows or rooflights

Move office

If your office is rented and you have few to no windows, there’s likely little you can do to improve natural light. Moving to an office with more windows could be necessary for making your workplace a happier and more productive space. 

Productivity vs. privacy

Too many windows could pose the risk of making your office feel like a fishbowl, particularly if it’s located in a busy area. Blinds and shutters may be able to partially distort the view into your office. Another option could be to use privacy glass – one side is transparent, while the other appears opaque, allowing light in without letting strangers peer in.

Preventing screen glare

Direct light on a computer screen can create glare. This could lead to eye strain and difficulty using the computer. Thinking about the position of computers in your office – ideally the back or the side of the monitor should be facing the window in order to reduce screen glare. 

 

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