Forget Free Snacks: Natural Light Is the Most Sought-After Office Perk

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Though free food and other office perks may not be the reason you take a certain job, those extras are nothing to scoff at. In an effort to keep employees happy and loyal, some companies go even further, offering enviable extra features 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 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. The survey was conducted by Future Workplace, an HR research firm.

"As companies increasingly look to empower their employees to work better and be healthier, it is clear that placing them in office spaces with the optimal amount of natural light should be one of their first considerations," Future Workplace's Jeanne C. Meister writes in the Harvard Business Review.

Changes in lighting can have significant effects our on bodies and minds. One 2014 study, for instance, found that working in an office with natural light helped employees sleep better, exercise more, and in general, feel better. 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. It shouldn't be a surprise that people would rather sleep better and have fewer eye issues than have free snacks in the office kitchen. But, of course, it's also cheaper for companies to stock an office kitchen than to add more windows or skylights.

[h/t Harvard Business Review]

This Outdoor Lantern Will Keep Mosquitoes Away—No Bug Spray Necessary

Thermacell, Amazon
Thermacell, Amazon

With summer comes outdoor activities, and with those activities come mosquito bites. If you're one of the unlucky people who seem to attract the insects, you may be tempted to lock yourself inside for the rest of the season. But you don't have to choose between comfort and having a cocktail on the porch, because this lamp from Thermacell ($25) keeps outdoor spaces mosquito-free without the mess of bug spray.

The device looks like an ordinary lantern you would display on a patio, but it works like bug repellent. When it's turned on, a fuel cartridge in the center provides the heat needed to activate a repellent mat on top of the lamp. Once activated, the repellent in the mat creates a 15-by-15-foot bubble of protection that repels any mosquitos nearby, making it a great option for camping trips, days by the pool, and backyard barbecues.

Mosquito repellent lantern.

Unlike some other mosquito repellents, this lantern is clean, safe, and scent-free. It also provides light like a real lamp, so you can keep pests away without ruining your backyard's ambience.

The Thermacell mosquito repellent lantern is now available on Amazon. If you've already suffered your first mosquito bites of the summer, here's some insight into why that itch can be so excruciating.

This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

This Outdoor Lantern Will Keep Mosquitoes Away—No Bug Spray Necessary

Thermacell, Amazon
Thermacell, Amazon

With summer comes outdoor activities, and with those activities come mosquito bites. If you're one of the unlucky people who seem to attract the insects, you may be tempted to lock yourself inside for the rest of the season. But you don't have to choose between comfort and having a cocktail on the porch, because this lamp from Thermacell ($25) keeps outdoor spaces mosquito-free without the mess of bug spray.

The device looks like an ordinary lantern you would display on a patio, but it works like bug repellent. When it's turned on, a fuel cartridge in the center provides the heat needed to activate a repellent mat on top of the lamp. Once activated, the repellent in the mat creates a 15-by-15-foot bubble of protection that repels any mosquitos nearby, making it a great option for camping trips, days by the pool, and backyard barbecues.

Mosquito repellent lantern.

Unlike some other mosquito repellents, this lantern is clean, safe, and scent-free. It also provides light like a real lamp, so you can keep pests away without ruining your backyard's ambience.

The Thermacell mosquito repellent lantern is now available on Amazon. If you've already suffered your first mosquito bites of the summer, here's some insight into why that itch can be so excruciating.

This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.