Linking indoor environment conditions to job satisfaction: a field study

  title={Linking indoor environment conditions to job satisfaction: a field study},
  author={G. Newsham and J. Brand and C. Donnelly and J. Veitch and M. Aries and K. Charles},
  journal={Building Research \& Information},
  pages={129 - 147}
Physical and questionnaire data were collected from 95 workstations at an open-plan office building in Michigan, US. The physical measurements encompassed thermal, lighting, and acoustic variables, furniture dimensions, and an assessment of potential exterior view. Occupants answered a detailed questionnaire concerning their environmental and job satisfaction, and aspects of well-being. These data were used to test, via mediated regression, a model linking the physical environment, through… Expand
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