Perceptions trump reality and moods matter
Research Design Connections
Psychiatric nurses have clear opinions about what is best
Noise has multiple roles in mental health facilities
A useful new way to quantify responses
Changing spaces, changing experiences
Research by Choi and her team indicates that a lot of walls in video conference centers and other locations should be painted warm colors. As they detail, their data, collected in the US and South Korea, indicates that “an anonymous person against a warm color background (vs. neutral and cold color background) is perceived to be one with warmer personality.” In addition, “nurses’ perception of warmth from a hospital’s ambient color affects their favorable judgment of the hospital and intention to take on an extra role.”
Lamb and Kwok looked at the effects of workplace stressors on performance. They report on a study that collected data from office workers over 8 months: “Participants completed a total of 2261 online surveys measuring perceived thermal comfort, lighting comfort and noise annoyance, measures of work performance, and individual state factors underlying performance and wellbeing.
Grenness’ work indicates the importance of aligning national culture and workplace design. He reports on research done with Telenor, a Norwegian firm. In Norway, an open-plan, flexible workplace, that reflected the country’s egalitarian social structure worked well. This was not the case in areas in Asia. Regarding the design of its offices outside Norway, Grenness reports that “Based on the interviews, it was fairly obvious that Telenor had not given the issue [of alignment with national culture] much thought. Its overall strategy was to copy the design of its head office in Norway .
Blakey investigated links between workspace design and innovation/creativity. Knowledge workers living in California were asked how they felt workplace design influenced their innovation/creativity. Blakey found via surveys and interviews that “Within the individual workspace technology surfaced as a primary driver of innovation. When asked about team workspace respondents [indicated] concern over noise and interruptions. . .