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The effect of indoor office environment on the work performance, health and well-being of office workers.

Vimalanathan K, Ramesh Babu T - J Environ Health Sci Eng (2014)

Bottom Line: The results revealed that the independent and interaction effect of temperature and illumination have significant effect on the office workers' performance.It may be concluded that the impact of indoor room temperature (38.56%) is more on the office worker's performance than the effect of illumination (19.91%).Further, it may be concluded that the optimum level of indoor room temperature (21°C) and illumination (1000lux) have improved the work performance, health and productivity of office workers.

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Affiliation: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kingston Engineering College, Vellore, India.

ABSTRACT

Background: The effect of indoor environment may have an influence on the performance, productivity health and well-being of office workers.

Methods: Environmental factors such as indoor temperature and illumination have been investigated at three levels. A neurobehavioral test (NBT) has been proposed for the evaluation of office workersc performance. A field lab to emulate an office has been created. In controlled condition of environmental factors, the neurobehavioral test was conducted. The response time and the number of errors in each test have been recorded. A randomized block factorial design was used to analyze the responses of office worker's performance.

Results: The results revealed that the independent and interaction effect of temperature and illumination have significant effect on the office workers' performance. The effect of indoor room temperature has more influences than the effect of illumination. The effect of indoor temperature has 38.56% of contribution on the performance. The optimum levels of indoor temperature at 21°C and illumination at 1000 lux have improved the work performance and health of office workers.

Conclusion: The indoor room temperature and illumination are more influence on the performance of the office workers. It may be concluded that the impact of indoor room temperature (38.56%) is more on the office worker's performance than the effect of illumination (19.91%). Further, it may be concluded that the optimum level of indoor room temperature (21°C) and illumination (1000lux) have improved the work performance, health and productivity of office workers.

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Mentions: A field lab to emulate an office has been created. The experiment was carried out in the field lab (L × W × H = 13 × 9 × 5 m) which has a controlled condition of indoor office environment. Ten voluntary participants (10 men) sat in the ergonomically designed VDT workstations (Figure 2). Each work station had a table, a chair, and a personal computer of equal configuration (Intel Pentium(R) dual CPU, E2200 @ 2.20 GHz processor 1 GB RAM). USB optical mouse and multimedia keyboard was connected with USB2.0 of the personal computer. The workstation specifications are set based on height of the individual volunteer.Figure 2


The effect of indoor office environment on the work performance, health and well-being of office workers.

Vimalanathan K, Ramesh Babu T - J Environ Health Sci Eng (2014)

Ergonomically designed VDT work station.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Fig2: Ergonomically designed VDT work station.
Mentions: A field lab to emulate an office has been created. The experiment was carried out in the field lab (L × W × H = 13 × 9 × 5 m) which has a controlled condition of indoor office environment. Ten voluntary participants (10 men) sat in the ergonomically designed VDT workstations (Figure 2). Each work station had a table, a chair, and a personal computer of equal configuration (Intel Pentium(R) dual CPU, E2200 @ 2.20 GHz processor 1 GB RAM). USB optical mouse and multimedia keyboard was connected with USB2.0 of the personal computer. The workstation specifications are set based on height of the individual volunteer.Figure 2

Bottom Line: The results revealed that the independent and interaction effect of temperature and illumination have significant effect on the office workers' performance.It may be concluded that the impact of indoor room temperature (38.56%) is more on the office worker's performance than the effect of illumination (19.91%).Further, it may be concluded that the optimum level of indoor room temperature (21°C) and illumination (1000lux) have improved the work performance, health and productivity of office workers.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kingston Engineering College, Vellore, India.

ABSTRACT

Background: The effect of indoor environment may have an influence on the performance, productivity health and well-being of office workers.

Methods: Environmental factors such as indoor temperature and illumination have been investigated at three levels. A neurobehavioral test (NBT) has been proposed for the evaluation of office workersc performance. A field lab to emulate an office has been created. In controlled condition of environmental factors, the neurobehavioral test was conducted. The response time and the number of errors in each test have been recorded. A randomized block factorial design was used to analyze the responses of office worker's performance.

Results: The results revealed that the independent and interaction effect of temperature and illumination have significant effect on the office workers' performance. The effect of indoor room temperature has more influences than the effect of illumination. The effect of indoor temperature has 38.56% of contribution on the performance. The optimum levels of indoor temperature at 21°C and illumination at 1000 lux have improved the work performance and health of office workers.

Conclusion: The indoor room temperature and illumination are more influence on the performance of the office workers. It may be concluded that the impact of indoor room temperature (38.56%) is more on the office worker's performance than the effect of illumination (19.91%). Further, it may be concluded that the optimum level of indoor room temperature (21°C) and illumination (1000lux) have improved the work performance, health and productivity of office workers.

No MeSH data available.