Working the way

to wellness

Part 3 of our white paper series, “Illuminated, integrated, and intelligent: Reinventing the workplace,” looks at forward-thinking, flexible workplace design solutions aiming to combat serious health issues as well as increasing satisfaction and productivity in the workplace.

Standing desks

on the rise

Workplace pioneers are switching from sitting to standing desks. Studies have found that standing for at least one quarter of the day can reduce a person's risk for obesity by 32%.


Health-conscious employers are promoting a more natural, relaxing, and physically engaging working environment, using an assortment of innovations and technologies that range far beyond the standing desk. These include dynamic and connected lighting experiences that enhance comfort and productivity by supporting and responding to employees’ needs.

Tuning

the workspace

 

Human-centric lighting (HCL) is connecting in-depth knowledge of user needs with the dynamic lighting applications to improve feelings of wellbeing and performance. Biologists and lighting experts are working towards the common goal of measurably improving the working day.

Beyond

task lighting

 

Researchers and businesses are beginning to pay attention to workers’ experience of light, beyond the amount of light needed to perform tasks. This includes new approaches to reducing glare and other forms of visual discomfort, and the use of daylighting to increase energy efficiency.

Promising work is being done on how lighting affects office workers both pschologically and physiologically, including the effect of light on circadian rhythms.

 

Light exposure to the eyes is the most powerful regulator of the circadian cycle the 24-hour, day-night rhythm governing sleep, mood and alterness.

Smart systems can target lighting and other in-office experiences to support the circadian health of employees.

 

Lighting Research Center at Rensselar Polytechnic Institute Troy, New York, USA

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