City Research & Enterprise Review 2011
  1. Health & Wellbeing
  2. Cultural Heritage
  3. Processes & Systems Improvement
  4. Government & Society at Large
  5. Effective Use of Energy
  1. Shedding light on performance and wellbeing at work
City Research & Enterprise Review 2011

Shedding light on performance and wellbeing at work

Professor Jo Silvester and Dr Efrosyni Konstantinou from the Centre for Performance at Work were commissioned by Phillips to undertake research into the work environments that can best meet the needs of 21s century workers.


lamp topProfessor Jo Silvester and Dr Efrosyni Konstantinou from the Centre for Performance at Work were commissioned by Phillips to undertake research into the work environments that can best meet the needs of 21s century workers.

The project team confirmed a strong association between lighting and work performance, including innovation and productivity, mediated by employee wellbeing. The report titled Lighting, Wellbeing and Performance at Work (Silvester, J. and Konstantinou, E., 2010. City University London) also stated that worker controlled lighting and lighting tailored to staff individual needs have considerable potential for enhancing employees' work satisfaction. This may be particularly important in the case of professional staff that employers would most like to attract and retain.

Based on their research findings the team has recommended that companies should consider the need to invest in workplace lighting as a means to develop work environments that support wellbeing and performance, and reduce the likelihood of employee stress, absenteeism and industrial accidents. Companies also need to adopt a holistic approach to health and wellbeing that identifies the needs of different employee groups and addresses them through a combination of company-wide and worker-centred initiatives.

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