An Open Letter to CEOs: Work Light (and Life) Balance

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Dear CEO,
You have always been there for your people, making the workplace much more than just a workplace. Tight schedules, work pressures and deadlines take a toll on the employee enthusiasm and productivity. And, there is a serious need to apply a work-life balance through work-light balance; yes, you heard it right, it is “work-light” balance. Work-light balance when applied appropriately can potentially work wonders for enhancing health, wellbeing and productivity in a workplace according to growing evidence from global research. What more? It simply renders a by-product that is ‘dear’ to everyone – significant saving in your power bill.

We have experienced the variations in the natural light ever since we have been on earth. Daily, the sun’s light progresses from low intensity waves with color temperatures from warm white to high intensity waves with neutral white temperatures during the mid-day and back to low light levels with low color temperatures towards night. This process plays a primary role in managing our 24-hour body clock. That means the amount and quality of sunlight has a direct impact on different bodily functions including the key ones, namely hormone secretions which are responsible for different mind frames that we go through. Many hormones like dopamine (pleasure, attentiveness and physical coordination), serotonin and cortisol (mind control) and melatonin (sleep-relax) are secreted throughout the day, accordingly. This briefly explains the ‘circadian rhythm’ or the body’s daily natural routine for humans.

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Does our workplace lighting compliment the natural cycles of the body? Or is it hampering the normal functions through the artificial lighting? We need to consider this at length, if we want to comply with the body demands and keep it well-oiled and efficient throughout the day.

Several studies have already shown a definite link between the spectrum of the indoor lighting to the human well-being and thereby their efficiency, click here to review one such. However, office spaces are rarely considered for this effect, thus giving rise to potential health issues among the office goers. Such studies suggest these effects can be eye strain, headaches, low mood, poor concentration, absenteeism, and job dissatisfaction – even a few minutes working under the wrong lighting can kill productivity. Whilst significant research continues, there is growing evidence that increasingly such issues can be addressed by today’s latest smart IoT automated lighting solutions. With these programmable lighting solutions and appropriate colour control smart light fixtures, it is very much possible to follow the natural circadian rhythm and maintain a healthy work space, which in turn supports the “work-life” balance through a perfect “work-light” balance.

The above-mentioned implementations do go a long way to bestow a fresh outlook to your entire enterprise. Well, light is indeed an indispensable factor to keep our mind focused and body fit. It is necessary for an office to be well-lit for good visibility, but it is also essential that the lighting scheme follows the natural environment for best results.

Boosting the efficacy of your people is now in your hands. Automated lighting is the next “foresight strategy” that your people and enterprise have long waited for.

Vinay Ghule

Vinay Ghule – CTO, Leap Info Systems, Pune, India

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