Let There Be Light: Leading Workspace Provider Helps Businesses Tackle Winter Gloom

Lumie in action at Avanta
Lumie in action at Avanta

Avanta Serviced Office Group, the leading workspace provider for SMEs and growing businesses, has cast a shining light upon the winter darkness with an innovative Light Room this January.

With nationwide research and guidance from renowned chronobiologist Dr. Victoria Revell, Avanta has created the ideal sanctuary from the winter gloom. Illuminated by high-powered simulated sunlight lamps and accompanied by tropical plants and deck chairs, Avanta’s Light Room delivers a natural energy boost and puts the spring back in the step of lethargic office workers. The room is installed in nine London business centre locations, reaching thousands of potential users.

Light can have a stark effect on motivation and productivity, with office workers feeling the effects most acutely. Avanta’s research found that an enormous 84% of workers suffer from lethargy and listlessness in winter, leading to 1 in 10 workers falling asleep at their desks over the darkest months.

Dr. Revell explains: “A lack of daylight has a direct effect on well-being. The winter darkness, particularly in the morning, can lead to symptoms including sleep problems, overeating, depression, anxiety and lethargy. By considering the effects of the dark winter months, employers can take steps to make this time easier for their workforce.”

Geraint Evans, Sales and Marketing Director at Avanta, concludes: “Staff motivation and drive are key for any type of business, and our research suggests that our clients could be losing a quarter of the year to lethargy and weariness. Tackling the negative effects of the dark winter days will lead to happier, healthier and more productive staff – and that’s good news for everyone involved.”

About Avanta Serviced Office Group
Avanta Serviced Office Group was formed in 2013 as the combined trading operation of Avanta Managed Offices Limited and Serviced Office Group plc (“SOG plc”) following the acquisition of Avanta Managed Offices Limited by SOG plc. The company offers high quality and cost effective serviced offices, meeting rooms and virtual offices in prime locations throughout London and the UK and operates over a million sq. ft. of office space across 38 buildings in the UK. All its business centres are managed by highly trained, Institute of Customer Service accredited teams, an industry first. Visit www.avanta.co.uk or www.sogplc.com.

About Lumie
Since 1991 Lumie has been researching and designing bright lights to treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and other conditions. Lumie products are medical devices, certified to the Medical Devices Directive (EC93/42) and supplied to the NHS. Distance and brightness levels (lux) are independently verified and Lumie is registered with the government’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. Visit www.lumie.com.

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Research conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Avanta. 1000 adults surveyed between 09/01/2014 – 10/01/2014.

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