However, a recent study by Future Workplace called "The Employee Experience" reveals an interesting fact, and that reality is different, employees long for something much more elementary and necessary for human needs.

Access to natural light and outdoor views are the best incentive to have a good day, thanks to the work environment, surpassing other attractions such as cafeterias, fitness centers and premium benefits. In the study conducted it was discovered that more than a third of employees felt that they lacked sufficient natural light in their work space. Among the results, 47% of employees admit that they are tired or very tired due to the absence of natural light or a window in their office, and 43% report that they feel dark due to the lack of light.

This report also makes it clear that the new direction of employee welfare from the need for natural light or outside views may be due to increased use of smartphones.

Lighty workspace

Here are some examples of how natural light benefits your organization:

1. Employees have headaches, less frequent: According to the study's experts, employees who enjoyed exposure to sunlight throughout the day, slept 46 minutes more per night compared to those who did not have sunlight. Throughout time it has been shown again and again that the impact that sunlight has on our bodies is very important, for a good period of sleep, intensity and pattern have an impact on the mental state of the human being. Something as simple as sitting next to a window or just planning an exposure to sunlight throughout the room not only has an effect on the best lighting in the workplace, but also on the productivity of employees.

Employees who enjoyed exposure to sunlight throughout the day, slept 46 minutes more per night.

2. Light and flu? The amount of light we receive throughout the day has an impact on your immune system and your overall health. By affecting what we sleep at, the less we do, the more likely we are to get the flu or any other disease. Natural light is of great psychological importance for the well-being and attitude of a person. When basic needs are met, employees can excel in other areas of their work performance.

3. Greater productivity and concentration: With a well-lit office or work area, it is easier to concentrate and stimulate to produce better on any subject. The concentration comes easily, however, offices and organizations are not yet aware of this and prefer fluorescent light. But natural light can significantly affect the well-being of employees. It is the best way to create energy and we all want and need more energy.

4. Increase creativity: The amount of light is directly proportional to creative ideas. This is because our minds are naturally tuned to work better with natural light. According to Cohere, the offices that have sunlight and vegetation have a direct impact on people's creativity, increasing by up to 15%, therefore, it is not surprising that natural light is the most desired natural features in the place of work.

Natural light has so many benefits that not only must be taken into account, but it is important to include it in the workspace, being something that you should definitely think about when building your new office.

How to build a sustainable design for your office

At present, we value our surroundings much more and we realize the importance of building sustainable offices. Interior designers are those who have the greatest impact on the environment of a work space because they are the ones who decide the materials and products that will be used. Therefore, interior designers should be more in tune with the variety of materials that exist today and reduce the ecological impact.

Sustainable and ecofriendly workspace

1. Energy efficiency: Energy consumption is one of the main causes of climate change. Commercial offices generate a large amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the world. Commercial interior designers should always use innovation to reduce energy requirements. It is important to use energy efficient designs, structures and materials to optimize the use of energy in offices. Small changes such as the use of sensors to control the lighting and air conditioning inside the offices is a success.

2. Use the appropriate materials: When planning the process of reducing chemical products in the design of office interiors, it is important to be careful to find a balance between natural materials (wool, wood, stone, etc.) and synthetic materials. The materials that must be used are easily renewable, such as fast-growing bamboo, recycled wood, the reinvention of old and useful furniture.

3. Reduce spending: Commercial interior designers must be committed to reducing waste. Recycling and reuse must be its mantra, with ergonomic designs for all office decoration, improving its functionality and optimizing sustainability. By using recycled products, office interior designers can significantly reduce the environmental impact of workspaces.

4. Long-term planning: Leonardo Da Vinci said: "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." This statement is true in the new trends in office interior design. Quality over quantity, functionality over decoration. In this way you can get the decoration of your modern, technological and ecological office. This can be achieved with organic work spaces, which allows them to grow and change depending on the need they have and as time goes by. Think of creating sustainable offices prepared for the future taking into account the choice of materials for their use, the wear they will face and whether they can be recycled, recycled or reused.

5. Health is Wealth: We usually spend most of their time indoors in offices, co-working spaces and workspaces. Designing and building the best environment thinking about the health of workers should be the number one priority of a commercial interior designer. Check this article in which we have talked about this.

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