The Most Valuable Office Perk? It’s Not Extra Time Off Or A Gym Membership

In an effort to keep employees happy and loyal, some companies offer enviable extra perks like vacation funds, extra time off, free gadgets, and on-site classes. But the Harvard Business Review reports that the office perk employees crave most isn’t a catered lunch or beer on tap. It’s natural light.

In a new survey of more than 1600 employees in North America, access to natural light and outdoor views was the workplace attribute people felt was most important, ahead of traditional office perks like onsite cafeterias and gyms.

Changes in lighting can have significant effects our on bodies and minds. One 2014 study found that working in an office with natural light helped employees sleep better, exercise more, and feel better, in general. Research has also found that natural light in offices can decrease eye strain and other vision issues associated with long hours spent staring at a computer.

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