How does the physical setup of an workplace affect the productivity of workers? Cindy Choi & Grace Chung Soc D
Table of Contents Introduction Hypothesis Influential Factors Furniture Colors Sound Distraction Temperature Spatial Arrangement & Layout Conclusion Possible Flaws Bibliography
Hypothesis Workers will be more productive when they are working in an opened workspace since people are able to interact with each other.
Furniture Colors Sound Distractions Temperature Spatial Arrangements and Layout Influential factors of Productivity Influential factors of Productivity
Furniture Provide coziness to the workplaces Chairs affect the health of workers Schedulers or pin boards with post- its increase the productivity of workers
Color Colors create the mood of the workplace Most offices are in neutral colors: white beige grey
Will improve productivity if sound distractions are kept low Studies conducted by ASID (American Society of Interior Designs) showed that noise reduction is the major concern of office workers and 70% of them prefer more quiet workplace. Open work spaces are uncontrollable with sound distractions Sound Distractions
Temperature Performance decreased 5-7%: above 25 o C Acceptable performance : 26 o C ~27.5 o C Highest Performance: 22 o C ~24 o C
Layout & Spatial Arrangement Organized so that manager and employees can have face to face interactions!
FactorsOpenedClosed Furniture Colors Sound Distractions Temperatur e Spatial Arrangemen ts and Layout To sum up... xx x x x x x= controllable
HYPOTHES IS? X WRONG! Workers will be more productive when they are working in an opened workspace since people are able to interact with each other. X Workers are more productive when they are working in a closed workspace
Controllable spaces are more preferable Can concentrate and focus better without getting distracted by environment Closed working spaces will increase the productivity of the workers Which means...
Possible Flaws Biased Different personal tastes More influential factors Different standards of closed and opened offices Opened offices can also be productive Generalized results
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