Showing how worker productivity and stress levels are affected by factors such as lighting, ventilation, temperature, noise and layout, this book demonstrates how the technical aspects of human comfort do not always tally with users' perceptions and behaviour. With vivid examples and case studies to illustrate how space is a corporate resource rather than simply overhead, Vischer reveals how companies can improve their ability to make design decisions on how best to accommodate their employees in a high quality workspace.
Table of Contents
Foreword Fritz Steele 1. Kingdom, Castle, Office: The Space or Place We Work 2. The Organization-Accommodation Relationship: What Is It About Change? 3. Territoriality Examined: Being at Home at Work 4. Comfort and Productivity: Space as a Tool for Work 5. Environmental Improvement: Taking Control 6. The Workspace Transformation Imperative
Jacqueline C. Vischer is an environmental psychologist with a degree in Architecture. Until recently director of the consullting firm Buildings-In-Use which provided workplace consulting and design services to a variety of significant coproprate and government clients, she is now professor at the University of MOntreal, and founder and director of the New Work Environments Research Group (Groupe de Recherche sur les Environnements de Travail). She has written several pervious books on the human aspects of workspace, and her method of measuring the human impact of environmental conditions in offices is widely cited and used internationally.
'Jacqueline Vischer's vision of the office environment, and how it affects work and behaviour, is a vital read for those interested in creating the most productive and creative workspaces.' - FX Magazine, October 2005