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Employees Desire Natural Light in Office: Study
In a newly released study by Future Workplace entitled “The Employee Experience,” over half of the 1,614 North American employees surveyed said natural light and views of the outdoors were their most important office perks, ranking higher than onsite cafeterias, fitness centers, medical care and childcare.
Key findings of The Employee Experience study include:
● Access to natural light and views is a positive factor on the employee experience. Employees say that access to natural light and views improves their overall happiness and well-being (78 percent), work satisfaction (73 percent), work performance (70 percent) and organizational commitment (54 percent).
● Absence of natural light and views hurts the employee experience. Over a third of employees feel that they don’t get enough natural light in their workspace. 47 percent of employees admit they feel tired or very tired from the absence of natural light or a window at their office, and 43 percent report feeling gloomy by the lack of light.
● Prolonged technology use makes employees want a view/natural light more. Over half of employees say that prolonged screen use leads to eyestrain or headaches at work. 73 percent agree that the longer they use their technology devices, the more they desire a visual break such as taking a walk or glancing at the view outside.