This paper looks into the effects of light, design, and nature on employees by incorporating environmental health and environmental design research into useful suggestions for the employee and the employer. The “fit” between a user and their work space has been elaborated on in recent years, and it has been shown that insufficient lighting can cause poor fit and consequential draining of energy and productivity. In the healthcare setting, medication errors have been linked to the amount of lighting within a hospital and to the variable amount of daylight throughout the year. While there is not a quick and easy test to determine an individual’s ideal work environment, there are both small and large changes that can be made to improve health and well-being.
Beutel S. What you ignore at work may harm you: the effects of light, design, and nature. BU Well. 2016;1:1-4.