Creating a Healthy Work Space: Part 6 – Light and Air
There are so many benefits to having lots of natural light for any living space and working environment. It’s even better if the room happens to have a window with a view, and a real bonus if the window has a good view. This can help us to work better, do more and last for a lot longer! People are far more tired, less willing and slower at their jobs if they work in an environment where there is no natural light and no views.
Today there are some really good artificial lighting options available, some of which can mimic daylight quite closely. Good lighting is essential to better tasking and higher energy levels. It is also really important to look after our eyesight and not to strain our eyes in order to see what we are doing. If you are right handed, task lighting should come from over your left shoulder, and vice versa if you are left handed.
Good ventilation is also an important consideration – something which is often overlooked when planning a work space. Mechanical ventilation is sometimes necessary but it is always preferable to have clean, fresh air coming into a room. Always ensure the workspace never becomes too warm or too cool. The degree should be regulated to ensure it is always set at an ambient temperature.
Plants can make a huge difference to an indoor environment and should be included in all work spaces. They help to keep the air clean and can even regulate the temperature in a room. Good plants for using in an office environment are the Boston fern and the spider plant. One of the most obvious benefits of placing plants in a workspace is that they bring nature into a room. They also liven up the space. Healthy plants with round or oval shape leaves are best, especially if the leaves are a verdant green.
Read the next part of my blog next week, Part 7 – Colour and Psychology