Bodin Danielsson and her research team studied the relationship between workplace design and perceptions of the leaders of an organization.
Adding pleasant scents to environments may not always be a good idea. Lwin, Morrin, and Rong scented a room with peppermint and found “that scare tactics [for example, suggesting changes in behavior to avoid cancer] may fall on ‘deaf ears’ in pleasantly scented environments . . . Medical providers and social marketers may want to take such possibilities into consideration in environmental factor planning.”
Bodin Danielsson investigated the psychological implications of lean office design. She defines a lean office as “a flex-office together with . . . ‘hot desking and ‘hoteling’. Flex-office is an office type where the employees’ hold no personal workstation, but have access to back-up rooms, i.e. rooms for work activities that do not suit open spaces such as concentrated work, meetings, etc. Employees in flex-office also have the ability to work outside the office on a needs-basis.
Reinholtz, Lee, and Pham have linked being in sunlight with taking risks. They determined that “exposure to sunlight, and not simply sunny weather, can increase an individual’s tendency to select a higher-risk course of action.” These findings support encouraging (for example, by adding clerestory windows) or discouraging (for example, by adding curtains) exposure to sunlight in spaces where risk-taking is more or less desirable – for example, places where different sorts of financial decisions are made.
Incorporating natural light into a space has documented positive effects on how humans perform cognitively and socially and using it indoors conserves our energy resources. Hargmann and Heikenfeld have developed a new way to bring natural light deep into building interiors. They determined that with “tiny, electrofluidic cells and a series of open-air ‘ducts,’ sunlight can naturally illuminate windowless work spaces deep inside office buildings and excess energy can be harnessed, stored and directed to other applications.” Diagrams at the website noted below effectively il
Chris Malone and Susan Fiske are the authors of The Human Brand: How We Relate to People, Products, and Companies. A central premise of this new book is that our impressions of companies “are the result of spontaneous judgments of warmth and competence – precisely the same elements that drive our impressions of other people . . . . ‘Warmth involves whether we view others to be honest, trustworthy, kind or friendly, while competence relates to whether they seem capable, intelligent or skilled . . .
Recent research confirms that noise, defined as unwanted sound, has a negative influence on us psychologically. Scientists have found that “The combined toll of occupational, recreational and environmental noise exposure poses a serious public health threat going far beyond hearing damage . . . . because of the ubiquitous exposure to environmental and social noise, its public health effect is easily underestimated . . . .
Recent research with people who are completely blind confirms how complex each of our sensory systems is and the link between blue-ish light and alertness. Researchers at the University of Montreal and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston determined that “Light enhances brain activity during a cognitive task even in . . . people who are totally blind . . .
Arns, van der Heijden, Arnold, and Kenemans have identified a link between ADHD symptoms and daylight. They found “a relationship between solar intensity and ADHD prevalence.
Two researchers have completed research that will make it easier to encourage people to build green. Prof. Magali Delmas from UCLA and Sanja Pekovic from University Paris-Dauphine determined that “companies that voluntarily adopt international ‘green’ practices and standards have employees who are 16 percent more productive than the average [employees in more conventional firms] . . . . The higher-productivity effect stems from employees' appreciation for their workplace. . . .