Workspace Design and Productivity Term Paper

Workspace Design and Productivity
An exploration of the connection between work spaces and the employees who occupy them.
# 147339 | 1,149 words | 6 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Mar 23, 2011 in Architecture (Modern) , Business (General) , Labor Studies (General)

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This paper discusses how the manner in which a building or work space is designed and laid out affects the occupants and their levels of productivity. It looks at how building design, layout, thermal conditions, and ergonomics do help to increase productivity and how companies should become actively involved in helping to allow their employees design and guide the interior spaces as they deem necessary. The paper also points out that the building itself only goes so far to promote productivity and there are no absolute promises made, even if the building and its interior spaces are optimized for maximum productivity.

From the Paper:

"Before the 1960's, many buildings were constructed without consideration of the specific noise controls or acoustic performance. Also, most buildings were designed to be purpose driven in their architecture (Brown, Cole, Robinson, and Dowlatabadi, 2010, 227). This is to say that buildings where workers were intended to work in large number, for long hours, were rather dull and drab and tended to crowd these work spaces close together to save room and money. Poor ventilation and heating arrangements do not help with the building's comfort and the employees' sense of well being (Schwede, Davies, and Purdey, 2008, 280). The lack of personal consideration for the workers and the work space was not uncommon, and before this time period, little thought was given as to how to create a sense of employee well-being and comfort while, at the same time, helping to boost productivity. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Akimoto, Takashi; Tanabe, Shin-ichi; Yanai, Takashi; and Masato Sasak. (2010). "Thermal comfort and productivity - Evaluation of workplace environment in a task conditioned office." Building and Environment. Vol. 45, No. 1. Pp. 45-50.
  • Brown, Zosia; Cole, Raymond J.; Robinson, John; and Hadi Dowlatabadi, (2010). "Evaluating user experience in green buildings in relation to workplace culture and context." Facilities. Vol. 28, No. 3/4. Pp.225-238.
  • Capper, G., Holmes, J. and Brown, G. (2008) "Health and wellbeing in a deep plan office space." in Proceedings of the Construction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (COBRA 2008), Dublin Institute of Technology, 4-5 September 2008, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
  • Roaf, Susan and Bairstow, A. (2008). The Oxford Conference: A Re-Evaluation of Education in Architecture. WIT Press: Billerica, MA.
  • Saari, Arto; Tissari, Topi; Valkama, Esko; and Olli Seppanen. (2006). "The effect of a redesigned floor plan, occupant density and the quality of indoor climate on the cost of space, productivity and sick leave in an office building-A case study." Building and Environment. Vol. 41, No. 12. Pp. 1961-1972.

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