You Need a Window In Your Office or Else

Do you work in an office? Do you work in an office with harsh, artificial lighting? Do you know when you will die? Younger than you need to, I bet.

The sun is a gentle smiling giant casting its warm glow upon the earth; we all must bathe in its refreshing beams and fill ourselves with their life force. For if we don't, we surely shall die of rickets. And you know Pete Drucker's first rule of management: "Employees who are dying of rickets are bad for productivity."

So I invite all corporate managers to turn their attention to this new study out of Northwestern University, that found that office drones who are allowed to feel the sun's warming rays on their sickly flesh enjoy "longer sleep duration, better sleep quality, more physical activity and better quality of life." What does it take to provide your minions with such drastic health improvements? A hot new architectural commodity:

Employees with windows in the workplace received 173 percent more white light exposure during work hours and slept an average of 46 minutes more per night than employees who did not have the natural light exposure in the workplace. There also was a trend for workers in offices with windows to have more physical activity than those without windows.

Ehh... we don't have the budget for windows.

Back to work, Golem.

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