Natural Light

September 12, 2018 GMT

In the classic comedy movie Office Space, Ron Livingston’s rebellious Peter Gibbons uses a workman’s drill to remove a wall from his cubicle that blocks a window, giving him an unfettered view of the outside world.

A new survey of real-life office drones proves his character was onto something.

According to a poll of more than 1,600 employees in North America conducted by the HR advisory firm Future Workplace, natural light and a window with a view were declared the number-one perks an employer can provide.


That’s right: Natural light outpaced a better cafeteria, a fitness center, or even on-site child care.

“While treadmill desks and nap pods sometimes get a lot of hype, the study clearly found that essential things such as optimized natural light and views are the most impactful and valued office perks,” said Jeanne Meister, Founding Partner of Future Workplace in a statement. “Employees say workplaces infused with daylight and views of the outside promote their well-being, engagement and productivity.”

The “Employee Experience” poll noted that more than a third of employees feel they didn’t get enough natural light, with nearly half insisting bad office lighting makes them feel sluggish around the old grind.

What’s more, 43% insist the lack of natural light -- and constant exposure to their digital devices’ light -- makes them feel gloomy around the office.