Research Design Connection: Office Design, User Perceptions

Candido, Chakraborty and Tjondronegoro investigated how office design influences user perceptions of their performance, health and comfort. The researchers found via a post-occupancy evaluation program (nearly 9,000 completed surveys) of offices in Australia that ‚ÄúFor open-plan offices, the best-performing features for predicting perceived productivity were‚Ķamount of interruption, work area aesthetics, degree of adaptation of the work area, furnishing, overall amount of noise, cleanliness, and personal control over lighting. Furnishing, work area connection to outdoors, building aesthetics, sound privacy, and degree of adaptation of the work area were the critical predictors of health. As for the overall comfort of the work area,‚Ķkey predictors [were] work area aesthetics, degree of adaptation of the work area, furnishing, overall air quality, cleanliness, and amount of interruption‚Ķ[in] high-performance‚Ķoffices‚ĶPods of all sizes were‚Ķprominent‚Ķand had walls with textured elements and/or plants, promoting visual integration but some privacy at the same time‚Ķlayouts privileged workers‚Äô access to daylight and …