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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: Data has been collected from .NET software language database file. From this database file the response time and error rate was taken for analysis. The output total response time (Y1) of each volunteer has been noted in the Table 2 with respect to the treatment combination. Minitab 16 was used for statistical data analysis. 95% confident interval level maintained for the data analysis. Randomized block factorial design [16] was proposed for the NBT data analysis. Tables 4 and 5 shows all the independent and combined effect of temperature, and illumination for reaction time response (Y1) and Error (Y2) respectively. Figures 3 and 4 shows the residual plots for reaction time and error.Table 4


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)

Residual plot for reaction time.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Fig3: Residual plot for reaction time.
Mentions: Data has been collected from .NET software language database file. From this database file the response time and error rate was taken for analysis. The output total response time (Y1) of each volunteer has been noted in the Table 2 with respect to the treatment combination. Minitab 16 was used for statistical data analysis. 95% confident interval level maintained for the data analysis. Randomized block factorial design [16] was proposed for the NBT data analysis. Tables 4 and 5 shows all the independent and combined effect of temperature, and illumination for reaction time response (Y1) and Error (Y2) respectively. Figures 3 and 4 shows the residual plots for reaction time and error.Table 4

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.