If you run a business, you’ll know how important it is to keep people motivated. But sometimes our offices and warehouses aren’t exactly the type of places that our employees want to work. That’s a problem. We want people to be fired up when they come to work and ready to face the day’s challenges. We don’t want our places of work to be a drag on productivity or put our workers in a bad mood.
Here’s the thing: science has shown that people associate bright places with happiness and dull spaces with feeling blue. It’s one of the reasons why researchers think people are affected by seasonal affective disorder. That’s why businesses should focus on the type of lighting that they use. It’s not just about making sure that your colleagues can see what they’re doing. It’s about improving their mood and boosting your business’s bottom line in the process.
Perhaps you suspect that your business isn’t doing everything it could to make use of lighting. Here are five ways to tell your company is in need of a lighting makeover.
You’re Seeing More Accidents At Work
Poor lighting at work is a common cause of injury and a serious issue for employers. For instance, an Ipswich railway worker tripped on discarded rails at night, fell, and broke his wrist and knee back in 2012. The company ultimately had to pay a fine amounting to more than €6,000.
If accidents are on the rise in your business, it could be as a result of poor lighting. Do a quick audit of your bulbs. Check any lights that appear to be flickering, or that have died already.
Productivity Is Down
According to researchers, the effect of lighting on productivity is substantial. Once case study demonstrates this point well. Back in the 1980s the US post office in Reno, Nevada, decided to renovate its offices. They installed new lighting with the aim of making their working environment more worker-friendly. The post office saw an immediate $50,000 decline in its annual energy bills following the switch to energy saving bulbs. But that wasn’t the main benefit. The major advantage was that workers were happier and more productive as a result. Productivity increased to the tune of more than $500,000 of additional output per year.
When other companies repeated the experiment, they found the same effect. A simple improvement in lighting led to dramatic increases in productivity.
Companies need to choose lighting that is neither too dull nor too bright to get the maximum benefit.
Your Offices Are Starved Of Natural Light
Most people prefer natural to artificial light. But many offices are still starved of natural light. If your office doesn’t get a lot of direct sunlight, it might be time for you to get a lighting makeover. The good news is that there’s plenty of ways to bring the outside in. You can install skylights, French windows and even solar tubes.
Your Walls Are Dull And Uninspiring
The shade of paint on the walls in your offices has a big effect on how light is scattered. Bright colours tend to do a better job of scattering white light than dull colours. This means that the brighter the paint on your office walls, the more light you’ll scatter back into the room. This, in turn, will make your place of work fell warmer and more inviting. Try experimenting with colours like blue, yellow and beige.
If you do decide to change the paint on the walls, think about all the other ways you could potentially upgrade your interiors. The better your interior design, the more employees will enjoy working with you over the longer term.
Your Energy Bills Only Ever Seem To Go Up
Renewable technology promises to slash energy costs for businesses. But right now, getting cheap renewable energy is still difficult. The next best solution is to use less energy in the first place. But how? One of the ways companies are doing this is to invest in new, energy-efficient LED light bulbs.
LED light bulbs are a much better way to generate light than traditional incandescent bulbs. The biggest advantages for businesses is that they cost significantly less to both run and maintain than regular bulbs. Bulbs last around thirty times longer than incandescent bulbs and consume up to 90 percent less energy. You can get the same light output from an 8 watt LED bulb as you can from an 80-watt incandescent.