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J Exp Psychol Appl. 2014 Sep;20(3):199-214. doi: 10.1037/xap0000024. Epub 2014 Jul 28.

The relative benefits of green versus lean office space: three field experiments.

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1
School of Psychology, Cardiff University.
2
School of Psychology, University of Exeter.
3
Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences, University of Groningen.
4
School of Psychology, University of Queensland.

Abstract

Principles of lean office management increasingly call for space to be stripped of extraneous decorations so that it can flexibly accommodate changing numbers of people and different office functions within the same area. Yet this practice is at odds with evidence that office workers' quality of life can be enriched by office landscaping that involves the use of plants that have no formal work-related function. To examine the impact of these competing approaches, 3 field experiments were conducted in large commercial offices in The Netherlands and the U.K. These examined the impact of lean and "green" offices on subjective perceptions of air quality, concentration, and workplace satisfaction as well as objective measures of productivity. Two studies were longitudinal, examining effects of interventions over subsequent weeks and months. In all 3 experiments enhanced outcomes were observed when offices were enriched by plants. Implications for theory and practice are discussed.

PMID:
25068481
DOI:
10.1037/xap0000024
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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