Quantitative methods of examining the impact of the physical work environment

Elizabeth J Sander, Alannah Rafferty, Peter J. Jordan

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Abstract

The rise of a contingent workforce and the distribution of work have contributed to modifications to typical ways of working. One outcome of these factors has been changes to the physical work environment. Despite considerable interest in managing changes in the physical work environment, researchers still do not have a clear set of methods for assessing the physical work environment. In this chapter, we review current approaches to assessing work environments. To date, both academics and practitioners have adopted unique and potentially incompatible approaches. As a result, the field has been characterised by a lack of cumulative knowledge building. This is reflected in the contradictory research findings that are prevalent in the field. We identify recommendations regarding future research methods that will enhance our understanding of the ways physical work environments influence wellbeing and quality of work life.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research Methods on the Quality of Working Lives
EditorsDaniel Wheatley
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Chapter15
Pages207-223
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)978 1 78811 877 4
ISBN (Print)978 1 78811 876 7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019

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Sander, E. J., Rafferty, A., & Jordan, P. J. (2019). Quantitative methods of examining the impact of the physical work environment. In D. Wheatley (Ed.), Handbook of Research Methods on the Quality of Working Lives (pp. 207-223). Edward Elgar Publishing. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781788118774.00022