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Workplace Health: Why Your Office Needs to Bring the Outdoors In

Fluorescent lighting and faux wood tabletops are office essentials. But do you know what the fluorescent lighting is doing to you and your employees? In most cases, fluorescent lighting is unavoidable, but there are ways to help combat the adverse effects. Recent studies have shown that being exposed to artificial light makes workers significantly more sleepy and stressed.

Each employee should have access to large windows. When designing an office space, think about what way your desks or cubicles will be facing. Can everyone in the office see outside? If not, consider rearranging.

 

If you are building a brand new office space, consider adding skylights. A skylight can offer natural light from above, replacing a few fluorescent bulbs.  Installing sun lamps is another way to bring the outdoors inside. While sun lamps are still considered artificial light

Installing sun lamps is another way to bring the outdoors inside. While sun lamps are still considered artificial light, they will still have a more energizing effect than a traditional fluorescent bulb.

Aside from lighting, other natural elements can help stimulate workplace morale. Office plants can bring life to your workspace. Some plants even have air purifying qualities. These plants include: Boston Ferns, Palm Trees, English Ivy and Peace Lilies. Turn your office into an escape from the outside smog.

Plants also offer visually stimulating benefits. The plants don’t have to act as stand alone pieces of decor. Instead, they can be incorporated into book shelving units, hung from the ceiling or placed to grow organically up a brick wall.

Fresh air and sunshine benefit everyone. Bring the outdoors in and watch your productivity soar.

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