Arguably one of the key benefits of glass partitioning is the ability for businesses to create modular work spaces whilst optimising natural light. In fact, it’s one of many reasons that our customers opt for glazed walls over drywall and other solid partitioning materials.
“But, what are the benefits of optimising natural light in your workplace?”, we hear you ask. From wellbeing to productivity, read on to learn 13 smart ways that our glass partition walls can optimise your workplace through natural light.
Harsh office lighting, glares from computer screens and many other artificial light forms can often strain your eyes. In fact, research has shown that exposure to blue light (from computers, phones and laptops) can potentially damage your retinal cells and cause vision issues in the long term (‘How blue light affects your eyes, sleep, and health’, Cultivating Health, health.ucdavis.edu, 2022).
Glass partitions can actually help to prevent this by increasing the reach of natural light within your workplace. By default, this reduces your dependency on that harsh, potentially harmful artificial lighting.
Eyestrain from artificial office lighting can often lead to an increase in headaches. Certain employees may even experience photophobia (when exposure to light can cause pain behind the eyes). By encouraging natural sunlight into your space through solutions such as glass walls, you can soften the lighting and reduce the risk of migraines at work.
Another common cause of headaches is noise – and boy, do most offices get loud. If you’re struggling to hear yourself think, our acoustic glass partitions can help you curb the chaos and create a workspace with better audible comfort to reduce headaches from unwelcome and distracting sounds.
Utilising natural light throughout your office design can help to wake your staff up. The science? Exposure to natural light can regulate your circadian rhythm (known as your inner 24 hour clock), meaning that you’re at your most awake during natural daylight hours, and more tired at dusk.
In turn, being more awake during the working day will mean that your team are likely to find that their quality of sleep at night is better (once again, thanks to the regulation of your circadian rhythm). This in itself can pose a multitude of benefits for your employees AND your business, including better concentration and creativity.
Stress is one of the most common issues experienced by employees in the modern workplace.
To combat this, many commercial designers and architects recommend finding interior solutions to connect your team with nature (biophilic design). Glass partitions are a great way to achieve this, creating a connection with daylight that helps ground employees with their natural surroundings and the outside world.
We know we’re not the only ones who feel a boost to our moods when the sun is shining. Natural light within your workplace can have the same effect on your team, creating a happy work environment and increasing motivation within the office.
Better sleep, reduced headaches and improved moods all result in a happier, healthier workforce. By optimising light with the help of glazed glass partitioning, you can reduce absences and improve work capacity, all whilst saving money that would cover the expense of lost work.
As previously mentioned, optimising natural light around your workplace with the help of our glass partitions can reduce your dependency on artificial lighting. Instead, you can enjoy a naturally bright workspace.
This has many benefits, one being a decrease in your energy usage. For this reason, we find that our glass partitions are popular for their climate-friendly properties. If this is a value you’re interested in, you can learn more about the sustainability of our glass partition walls as well as our climate strategy in our latest article.
Not only will reducing your dependency on artificial lighting impact your actions towards the climate, but it can also save you money in the long run! Without the need to illuminate your workplace with harsh lighting, you can cut down on your energy bills – making our glazed glass partitions a great investment.
Natural light will create a more engaging workplace; a work environment to foster creativity, inspire employees, boost moods and create connections from the outside world.
This can even help with your business’s problem solving qualities and ability to think outside the box!
Everything looks better in natural light. Fact. If you’re refurbishing your existing office or moving to a new space, glass partitions are an ideal addition to make your office design go even further. We offer a variety of systems to suit your design needs. Just take a look at our popular banded glass partitions or head to our project portfolio for more inspiration.
Many of our clients find an increase in overall productivity after their glass installation is complete.
Not only is this because they’ve provided their team with an additional work zone to support flexible work, but because their team can benefit from all of the previous benefits we’ve mentioned. This motivates them to work for a company that places value in their wellbeing.
Considering all the aforementioned benefits of natural light, you’re more than likely to see a positive ROI (return on investment) from your glass partitioning installation. This means that investing money in your new glass office could end up profiting you in the future.
For help optimising natural light in your workplace, make sure you talk to one of our experts. We can discuss the requirements of your project and the features that are important to you, finding the ideal glass partitioning system to optimise the way your workplace operates.
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