Is your workplace making you SAD?

With the recent clock change from British Summer Time (BST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and with the fog that had been hanging around London in the past week, I’ve been considering getting my SAD lamp out.

Seasonal Affected Disorder (SAD) can play havoc with your life during the winter months and if you suffer from it severely it can cause depression, mood swings and weight gain as you just don’t want to go out. Yes the winter months can be cold but it’s good to get out and enjoy those crisp winter days and to be out in the natural sunlight.

A few years ago recognising some of the symptoms I decided to purchase a SAD light box, after careful research I chose one by Britebox even though there are cheaper models on the market but they didn’t provide the same specifications and I have to say that I don’t regret my purchase.

It really made a difference on those overcast and long winter days, the lightbox mimics the effect of natural sunlight and if you sit there and close your eyes you feel as though you are sitting out on a bright summers day.

Office Lighting Schemes

When I was working in an office I used to hate the lighting scheme which sadly most offices seem to use. Drab, uninspiring it appeared to be joining alliance with the dull weather outside. What an awful lot of office developments fail to recognise is that their poor lighting design is contributing to sickness, absenteeism and depression. How can workers be expected to produce their best outstanding work when their environment is not conducive to this?

There has been a relentless push to environmentally friendly lighting with the withdrawal of the old style filament type light bulb but what about us? When are manufacturers and designers going to address our lighting needs?

Poor office lighting contributes to eye strain, headaches and lethargy and considering how long workers spend at their desks it will have a detriment effect on their moods and if they are already showing signs of depression then poor office lighting will only exacerbate the problem.

I would love to see the office environment being designed for the workers and their requirements, to support them and help them deliver their best work.

If we really want the best out of our workforce then we need to start looking at the whole picture.

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