Healthy workplaces: what we know and what else we need to know

Per Anker Jensen, Theo van der Voordt

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Purpose: This paper aims to explore the impact of buildings on the creation of healthy workplaces (HWs) and end users’ physical and mental health and well-being. The paper presents available research on the impact of workplace layout, interior design, indoor climate and “green” offices. It ends with reflections on the main lessons learned, gaps in our current knowledge and suggestions for further research. Design/methodology/approach: A literature research has been conducted of all papers in four corporate real estate management and facilities management-oriented journals from 2008 to 2017 that discuss health and well-being and related topics such as satisfaction, productivity and creativity. Findings: A conceptual model to analyse impact factors for HWs covers the influence of many different variables. Most papers only discuss a particular influencing factor, mainly plants and indoor climate. Various papers show that the spatial layout, in particular the level of openness and opportunities for communication, concentration and privacy and interior design have an important impact on user satisfaction, perceived productivity support and creativity. These factors may have a positive impact on HWs as well and can also be benefits of HWs. Practical implications: The paper identifies, which factors are important to consider for creating HWs and potential benefits of HWs. Originality/value: This paper discusses the role of CREM and FM in creating HWs and reflects on the available knowledge, current omissions and the need for transdisciplinary follow-up research.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Corporate Real Estate
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Jul 2019

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  • Health
  • Indoor climate
  • Interior design
  • Spatial layout
  • Well-being
  • Workplace


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