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dc.contributor.authorTan, Zhengen_US
dc.contributor.authorRoberts, Adam Charlesen_US
dc.contributor.authorLee, Eun Heeen_US
dc.contributor.authorKwok, Kian-Woonen_US
dc.contributor.authorCar, Josipen_US
dc.contributor.authorSoh, Chee Kiongen_US
dc.contributor.authorChristopoulos, Georgiosen_US
dc.identifier.citationTan, Z., Roberts, A. C., Lee, E. H., Kwok, K., Car, J., Soh, C. K. & Christopoulos, G. (2020). Transitional areas affect perception of workspaces and employee well-being : a study of underground and above-ground workspaces. Building and Environment, 179, 106840-.
dc.description.abstractWorkspace design affects occupational health and performance as well as overall mental health. Using standardized and customized questionnaires (N = 195), this paper examines the relatively unexplored relationship between mental health, fatigue at work and factors relating to satisfaction within the workspace. Such factors include the subjective assessment of architectural properties of transitional spaces leading to the office and underground vs above-ground locations. Lower perceived confinement in transitional spaces was associated with better mental health, lower levels of perceived workload, and lower work-related physical and emotional fatigue. These associations were stronger than those with the perceived confinement in the workspace itself. Underground workers reported lower levels of physical and emotional fatigue. Among the participants working in above-ground offices, effects were stronger for those with higher levels of (non-clinical) claustrophobia. The present study highlights the effects, so far less acknowledged, of transitional spaces on the mental and psychological health of employees in underground and above-ground offices and suggests specific design interventions to enhance employee well-being.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipMinistry of National Development (MND)en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNational Research Foundation (NRF)en_US
dc.relation.ispartofBuilding and Environmenten_US
dc.rights© 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.en_US
dc.subjectEngineering::Civil engineeringen_US
dc.titleTransitional areas affect perception of workspaces and employee well-being : a study of underground and above-ground workspacesen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.contributor.schoolSchool of Civil and Environmental Engineeringen_US
dc.contributor.schoolCollege of Business (Nanyang Business School)en_US
dc.contributor.schoolLee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine)en_US
dc.contributor.schoolSchool of Social Sciencesen_US
dc.contributor.researchCulture Science Instituteen_US
dc.contributor.researchCentre for Population Health Sciencesen_US
dc.contributor.researchDecision, Environmental and Organizational Neuroscience Laben_US
dc.subject.keywordsUnderground Spacesen_US
dc.description.acknowledgementThis research is supported in part by the Singapore Ministry of National Development and the National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office under the Land and Liveability National Innovation Challenge (L2 NIC) Research Programme (L2 NIC Award No. L2NICCFP1-2013-2)en_US
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