It’s been a productive morning at your desk so far and you’re on a roll. All this time though, something’s nagging the back of your mind. You shake it off – it must not be important if you can’t pinpoint it right away. As the day gets closer to high noon, you suddenly notice you’re perched at the other end of your desk, with your body contorted in such an impressive angle that Cirque du Soleil would hire you on the spot.
Escaping sun glare is a battle that’s waged every day across office desks. It’s unavoidable because most buildings have a strong focus on “daylighting” design. The idea is to maximise incoming natural light with lots of large windows so that the use of indoor lighting – and electricity – can be lowered. The problem though is that everyone inside would be at the mercy of the day’s sunniness, which has a bigger impact on employees’ productivity than we often realise.