Offices may vary in how they are designed, but they rarely differ in how the rooms are lit. For the most part, people work under bright fluorescent boxes for eight to 10 hours each day, without any change of brightness in the room. But what if making a slight adjustment could improve productivity and stimulate creativity?
Working in a darker room may sound far-fetched, but Fast. Co Design contributor Eric Jaffe found that Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner Toni Morrison told the Paris Review that working in the dark, sipping a coffee, was a part of her writing routine, preferably before the sun came up.
Recently, psychologists Anna Steidel and Lioba Werth challenged the idea of working in differently lit rooms, and found that those who are in a dimmer room are able to think more outside of the box. In cases where critical thinking was involved, participants who were under the fluorescent lights achieved more.
“An optimal lighting scheme would provide a setting for all activities in an office,” Steidel told Fast Co. Design.
In order for employees to be successful and productive, they need to be able to work within an environment that supports their needs. Because we spend so much of our day sitting or standing up, it is equally as important to have workspaces that reinforce collaboration, privacy, or creativity, depending on the needs of a particular office.
For example, Quality Office Liquidations has a Nienkamper Designer set that includes two lounge chairs and a matching sofa. This selected commercial furniture can serve as a great addition in the lounge area, lobby or in-house thinking room. The best part about this set is that it costs $750 on sale at a used business furniture retailer, whereas it would be much more expensive brand new.