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The impact of physical environments on employee wellbeing topic overview

Date: 7 Sep 2015

This topic overview is one of four commissioned by Public Health England (PHE) exploring issues around health, work and unemployment.

The below document provides an overview of the literature on the impact of particular elements of the physical work environment on employee wellbeing.

Specifically:

  • the office layout
  • office furniture
  • workplace lighting and temperature
  • employee control over their work environment

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Occupational Health

Where occupational health was provided, 39% of companies recorded a decline in short-term absence, whilst 28% experienced a reduction in long-term absence [CIPD 2008].

Surrounding Influence

Having plants in and around the office can reduce employee annual sickness absence by as much as 23%, research by the Hortiucultural Trades Association has argued.  The research, in conjunction with the University of Reading, found that green space and planted areas can help to deliver substantial social and environmental benefits for organisations

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