Three articles highlight practical workplace design guidelines as they relate to communication between co-workers, organizational knowledge, and office functionality.
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In 2005, we conducted privacy studies for office workers at a large Midwestern manufacturer to determine what architectural privacy features impacted individual and group privacy across several job types. In the process, we learned several interesting things that designers can apply immediately to enhance perceived privacy in the workplace.
Personal control over the physical workspace led to higher perceived group cohesiveness and job satisfaction.
A comprehensive new resource examines lighting quality and perception and their relation to work performace outcomes.
This article examines the source of concern over decorative fountains and water features in hospital environments and raises questions about whether or not evidence exists to substantiate these concerns.
The question of how office workers are affected by features of the physical environment in which they work has preoccupied researchers as well as designers and building industry professionals for many years. Studies indicate that regardless of physical features, office employees become invested in and attached to their workspaces.
A recent review of literature published since 1972 indicates that individuals working in open workspaces have lower levels of privacy and job satisfaction.
A new review has combed the available research literature to collect information relevant to the design of neonatal intensive care units (NICUs).
Research continues to explore the link between the air we breathe at work and human health and productivity. Several studies find building-related factors to be related to air quality, while equipment, such as new computers, can also pose air-quality problems. How people feel about their work environment also affects their satisfaction with the perceived quality of ventilation.
When positive distractions are introduced into the work environments at long-term care facilities, workers perceive that their physical work environments have been improved.