Employees In London's Shard Are Much More Productive Thanks To Circadian Lighting

- May 27, 2019-

A few days ago, foreign media reported that there is a "pro-biology" office on the 12th floor of the shard building in London.According to a study by university college London, the productivity of workers in the office increased by 20%.

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The office, part of the headquarters of Mitie, a UK outsourcing facility management company, is an experimental workplace that provides employees with space for short breaks and meditation.

The office, designed by DaeWha Kang Design, features adjustable color and intensity circadian lighting designed to match the sleep-wake cycle to improve employee health and productivity.

The office consists of two Spaces, an immersive work environment with natural materials and two pods that provide space for meditation and reflection.

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The office has bamboo curtains that surround the ceiling.Floors, tables and work lights are also made of different bamboo and textures.

The lights are connected to the chronometer - cool blue in the morning, bright white in the afternoon, and warm at night.

Mitie employees work at these desks for four weeks at a time, answering daily surveys about comfort, satisfaction and emotional responses.

Then, the employees work around the same control area on the same floor, under similar environmental conditions, but without a natural design.The researchers compared their responses between the two Spaces.

Marcella Ucci, master of science in health, wellbeing and sustainable architecture at university college London, said the pilot study, which measures the impact on staff, showed a 20 per cent increase in productivity.In addition, employees in the "bio-friendly" offices were 38 percent calmer and 10 percent more focused than those in other offices.