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dc.contributor.authorVenugopal, Vinitaen_US
dc.contributor.authorKwok, Kian-Woonen_US
dc.contributor.authorChristopoulos, George I.en_US
dc.contributor.authorSoh, Chee-Kiongen_US
dc.identifier.citationVenugopal, V., Kwok, K.-W., Christopoulos, G. I., & Soh, C.-K. (2019). An in-depth analysis of workers’ attitudes towards an underground facility in USA with a focus on breaks and breakrooms. Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018), 773-782. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-96068-5_83en_US
dc.description.abstractWith the increase in urbanization and industrialization and the ever-increasing problem of space, sustainable solutions such as underground work places are on the rise. However, considering the huge investments required to make such spaces a success, in-depth studies regarding various aspects of underground workplaces (UW) need to be made. One such factor that determines this success is breakrooms. Though several studies have identified breakrooms to be a major factor in employee health and satisfaction, this hasn’t been explored in the context of UW. In this paper, we present an analysis of a qualitative study conducted in Missouri, USA on 73 underground workers to understand worker attitudes and behavior during breaks and towards breakrooms. According to our analysis a wider variety of food choice (cafes, food courts or well stacked and hygienic vending machines), restorative elements (such as outdoor gardens, indoor greenery, pictures of landscapes or virtual windows), private rest spaces for employees to get some personal time and the ability to communicate with the outside world (connectivity, Wi-Fi, landlines etc.) are important factors that need to be considered while designing such spaces.en_US
dc.rights© 2019 Springer Nature Switzerland AG. All rights reserved.en_US
dc.subjectEngineering::Civil engineeringen_US
dc.titleAn in-depth analysis of workers’ attitudes towards an underground facility in USA with a focus on breaks and breakroomsen_US
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dc.contributor.schoolCollege of Business (Nanyang Business School)en_US
dc.contributor.schoolSchool of Civil and Environmental Engineeringen_US
dc.contributor.schoolSchool of Social Sciencesen_US
dc.contributor.conference2018 Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018)en_US
dc.subject.keywordsUnderground Workplacesen_US
dc.citation.conferencelocationFlorence, Italyen_US
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