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Does sitting by a window help you work better?

Published: 05th February, 2022 at 11:00
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Heading back to the office? Try and nab that window desk.

Yes. A 2018 study at Cornell University found that natural light from a window reduced eye strain, headaches and drowsiness. And a 2021 study at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, found that workers in open-plan offices were most productive when sat at window desks.


However, this depends on the office layout. Workers facing windows with a large number of desks behind them reported lower productivity. Possibly due to the nagging fear of co-workers talking about them!

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Asked by: Neil Slater, Falmouth


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