One of the main reasons that we started this blog was that it would be a central place for people with different backgrounds to meet and discuss how the workplace can be improved by concentrating on the intersection of people, work and the work environment; in other words, by taking a 30-Inch View. Last week we found Josh Kerst commenting on Lean in the field of pharmaceutical manufacturing. Today, we came across an article from late last year that has application well beyond the audience of the publication.
The article discussed an often over-looked factor when it comes to workstation design: lighting.
Josh pointed out that 85% of the information that humans gather comes through our eyes.
Poor lighting not only affects the quality of work and overall productivity, but inadequate lighting forces the worker to adopt awkward positions that may lead to back pain, eyestrain, fatigue, headaches, and other ailments.