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Title: White- and blue- collar workers' responses towards underground workspaces
Authors: Su, Ying
Roberts, Adam Charles
Yap, Hui Shan
Car, Josip
Kwok, Kian Woon
Soh, Chee Kiong
Christopoulos, George I.
Keywords: Business::Management
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Su, Y., Roberts, A. C., Yap, H. S., Car, J., Kwok, K. W., Soh, C. K. & Christopoulos, G. I. (2020). White- and blue- collar workers responses' towards underground workspaces. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, 105, 103526-.
Journal: Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology
Abstract: Modern technologies have enabled the development of high quality work environments in underground spaces (UGS).Yet, the fundamental issue of whether UGS are suitable for people intensive functions, such as office or manual work, is largely not well understood. Here, we examine whether full-time white collar (office [WCW]) and blue collar (mostly manual [BCW]) workers of UGS have different responses to critical organizational variables when compared to similar workers of aboveground spaces (AGS). Location (underground vs. aboveground) affected neither job satisfaction (overall) nor satisfaction with physical environment (overall, lighting, air quality, temperature, humidity, noise or surrounding greenery). BCW, regardless of location, reported lower satisfaction with temperature, humidity and noise but scored higher in overall job satisfaction. BCW perceived the UGS as more safe and calm; moreover, perceived confinement decreased with age, suggesting that older (or more experienced) workers are less negatively oriented towards working in UGS. These results suggest that assigning UGS to people-intensive functions (manual or office) might be a viable opportunity.
ISSN: 0886-7798
DOI: 10.1016/j.tust.2020.103526
Schools: School of Civil and Environmental Engineering 
Nanyang Business School 
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 
Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine) 
School of Social Sciences 
Research Centres: Decision, Environmental and Organizational Neuroscience Lab, Culture Science Institute
Centre for Population Health Sciences 
Rights: © 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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