The days are getting longer. Gone are the days of waking up and going home in darkness and feeling like it’s 10pm already. Aside from signalling the end of winter (finally!), longer daylight hours have a significant effect on mood and productivity of workers. Personally, I’ve noticed an extra spring in my step in the evenings as I leave the office.
For temporary workers, this should come as even greater news. Unlike full-time staff, who have permanent contracts and thus more stakes in their job, temporary workers, like the ones we have here on Flexy, operate on a shift-by-shift basis. Objectively, there is often less to motivate a temp worker to book shifts (unless their livelihood depends on it) compared to permanent full-time staff who have to go to work.
Sunlight triggers the release of a chemical called serotonin, which is strongly implicated in the maintenance of mood (also, fun fact, it’s the neurotransmitter targeted by the most common type of anti-depressants!). An increase in serotonin is commonly associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused. This means that, with increased daylight hours, the productivity of temporary workers should increase. A study of hospitals conducted by Cornell University found that nurses with regular access to daylight exhibited better moods, laughed more and were nicer to their patients, and these results can be extrapolated over to temp workers as well, especially those in Sales or Customer Service roles. A happy sales temp means a happy customer, which is a win-win situation for everyone!
Health benefits or productivity benefits aside, anything that signals the end of cold, wet English winters, I’m more than happy with. Let there be light!