A recent study by Sage Glass shows that most workers do not have adequate access to daylight in their workspaces. Additionally, workers in the survey characterized their workplaces as noisy and uncomfortable temperature-wise. The survey involved more than 400 office workers. Many of the issues the survey participants identified could be improved by changing the window glass in their office spaces.
Glass improvements could make employees happier
More than one-third of workers in the survey said that they had no access to windows near their workspace, and only two-thirds of those with access to windows had any ability to control incoming light with blinds or curtains. Even with limited control over daylight, 5 out of 6 workers said they would prefer to work near a window.
Two-thirds of workers with access to windows said that sunlight improves their mood while at work. Workers also reported that they believe that access to sunlight while at work improved their energy level, reduced their stress and made them more productive.
About half of the workers who had access to windows in their workspace reported that they had difficulty with glare, and reported headaches, eye pain, difficulty with concentration and lowered productivity as the result of glare. Survey respondents also reported that their office environment was often too hot or too cold, too dry, and too noisy.
The survey underscores the importance of glass in the workspace. Increased use of glass in office interiors can provide better access to daylight throughout the workday. In addition, better attention to controlling incoming daylight can help reduce glare, prevent excessive heat gain, reduce heat loss and provide passive humidity control in the workspace.
Glassprimer™ glass paint can provide light control by allowing daylight to pass through, while preventing ultraviolet and infrared light frequencies from increasing interior temperatures. Glassprimer™ glass paint is highly cost effective, providing coverage for about $1 per square foot.
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