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Effects of the office environment on health and productivity 1: Effects of coffee corner position

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Author: Vink, P. · Korte, E.de · Blok, M. · Groenesteijn, L.
Type:article
Date:2007
Institution: TNO Kwaliteit van Leven
Source:International Conference on Ergonomics and Health Aspects of Work with Computers, EHAWC 2007, 22 July 2007 through 27 July 2007, Beijing, Conference code: 70883, 4566 LNCS, 157-162
series:
Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Identifier: 240436
Keywords: Ergonomics · Arbeidsproductiviteit · Coffee corner · Creativity · Health · Office interior · Productivity · Job analysis · Job satisfaction · Occupational diseases · Productivity · Coffee corner · Office interiors · Social support · Health care

Abstract

New technology will make it possible to have access to information everywhere. As a result "face to face" communication with colleagues could reduce and creativity and health could be influenced negatively. In this paper a coffee corner is changed and the effect on communication is tested by measuring the number of conversations at the coffee corner. A coffee corner with screens, tables and a possibility to sit, resulted in more conversation than a coffee corner that is open and had no seats. In both coffee corners more than 4 out of 5, were conversations about work. These informal discussions could contribute to productivity as many informal conversations increase creativity. It could also contribute to a better health as social support could reduce stress. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007.