What’s the Top Workplace Perk? You Might Be Surprised.

Daylight Indoors

In the workplace, there are a lot of things that are provided as perks. But the one that bubbles to the top might not be what you’d expect. A recent Business Insider article cited a Future Workplace study for the Harvard Business Review that identifies natural light in the workplace as a major benefit for employees.

In fact, the survey of 1,614 North American employees found that “access to natural light and views of the outdoors” was the most popular perk of all. This even beat out other things like cafeterias, gyms, and on-site childcare.

Often, the current situation in workplace environments provides quite the opposite situation. The majority of workspaces lack an abundance of natural lighting. The result proved to be workers that are less happy, more tired, and show increasing habits of poor work quality or employee absences. The article stated that “47% of employees admit they feel tired or very tired from the absence of natural light or a window at their office, and 43% report feeling gloomy because of the lack of light”.

Benefits of Working Under Natural Light

When employees are fulfilled in their workplace environment, they are more engaged, produce higher quality individual work, and are much happier in general. Put together, this creates a more enjoyable workspace. “The Future Workplace Employee Experience Study found 78% of employees say access to natural light and views improves their well being and 70% report improved work performance.” So it’s not just a perk for them, but also a benefit to the companies where they work.

Solatube has solutions for every workplace

Working Space Solution

So how do you bring natural light into commercial buildings, especially in interior spaces where there are no windows? One of the ways the most progressive companies are doing it is with tubular daylighting.

This top-lighting approach captures sunlight through a dome on the building’s roof, with technology that brings it in from virtually any position within the sky. The light is then sent down a highly reflective tube (whether through open ceilings or drop ceilings), into the space below through fixtures that deliver beautiful, diffused light. Tubular daylighting is the simplest and smartest method of capturing natural daylight and distributing it through your workplace while minimizing heat gain.

The originator and leading innovator in tubular daylighting is Solatube Home. By providing effective workplace solutions to help ensure employees feel good, workers are then happy and more productive throughout the day. These daylighting products improve the environments in every type of workplace and support employee wellbeing for virtually all occupations.