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How to Optimize Your Office Working Environment

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If you are are business owner and want to get the most productivity from your business have you ever stopped to think if your office environment is conducive to getting the most out of your employees.

Most owners of companies just use employ related measurements to see if the hours they are working are correct and they are doing the jobs they are supposed to. But here at Kunini we understand the value of a comfortable, well ventilated and airy office to produce a better environment for your employees to work in, and thus increase their productivity.

We have designed lighting systems for many offices that help to reduce eye fatigue especially in businesses that use a great number of computers. Your office ergonomics play a great part in the health and well being of your staff, and a happy employee works smarter and better.

What is the Significance of Good Office Lighting

Many issues can be resolved with a well designed and properly performing lighting system. All office work is normally visually demanding and requires good lighting for the best comfort and thus productivity. The term good lighting means there is enough good illumination so that your staff can see printed, handwritten or computer screens but not blinded by excessive high light levels.

What Causes Eye Discomfort

If your employees are suffering from eye discomfort this is not good for the productivity of your business as employees will have to take excessive breaks, perhaps take time off, and worse still they make mistakes in their work.

Causes of eye discomfort are:

  • Insufficient and poor lighting
  • Glare on computer screens
  • Poor quality computer screens
  • Incorrect viewing distances
  • Poor seating for correct posture
  • Uncorrected vision problems
  • Dry air / poor air quality
  • Air movement

The Signs of Poor Lighting

There are not only eye problems that can be brought about by poor lighting, it can also lead to back and neck problems and aching in the shoulder areas. This is because employees take up poor seating or awkward postures to try to read properly under poor lighting conditions.

By improving the lighting in your office, you will:

  • Bring sufficient light into the working environment, that comes from the correct direction and leaves no shadows.
  • Provide good contrast between the task and the background.
  • It will limit glare and the extremes of contrasts.
  • And finally bring the right amount of light into the office.

How to Reduce Eye Discomfort

Firstly contact a lighting specialist such as Kunini who can measure the lux in your office space and design a lighting system that will enhance your employees working experience.

There are ways that you can also help yourself, such as:

  • Overhead lighting – if necessary use filters to diffuse harsh lighting, dim overhead lights, keep to the recommended levels of light 300 / 500 lux.
  • Windows and Walls – place blinds on windows if they are affected by direct sunlight, and paint the walls with a matt finish so there is no reflected glare.
  • Monitor – make sure you adjust the brightness and contrast of the light, use a light colour for backgrounds, do not place computer monitors directly under overhead lighting, angle monitors away from lights and windows, make sure any lamps illuminate the document and not the monitors.

Adjusting your office lighting can really change the working environment for your employees and can contribute to better productivity. If you wish to know more about this subject then contact the lighting specialists Kunini.

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