O conceito de conforto ambiental no desempenho do ambiente de trabalho


  • Jacqueline C. Vischer University of Montreal


Conforto ambiente, Desempenho no ambiente de trabalho, Produtividade no trabalho


The concept of workplace performance is applied to workspace design whose explicit objective is to support the performance of work. In this article, we argue that there are a variety of approaches to defining worker productivity in relation to the buildings they occupy. As a result of the growing knowledge in this area of study, more is understood about how workspace affects building occupants and their work. The concept of environmental comfort is presented as a useful way of organizing and exploring the knowledge we are acquiring in this area. Environmental comfort is composed of three types of comfort, each of which can be measured and which together determine occupant morale and well-being as well as task performance and effectiveness. The theory of environmental comfort considers situations where comfort is lacking, as stressful. An important ingredient of this approach is developing ways of measuring stress at work due to an inappropriate environment. In the second part of the article, data are presented from workers in a large Canadian insurance company, which were analysed to test specific hypotheses pertaining of the different categories of environmental comfort. The results indicate that while a convincing case can be made for the three categories of environmental comfort, more research is needed to test the usefulness of this theoretical approach.


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