Author

Limor Gutnick

Date Approved

2007

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Engineering Technology

Committee Member

Louise Jones, ArchD Chair

Committee Member

Professor Jiang Lu

Committee Member

Joy Naylor

Abstract

In today’s competitive global environment, employee productivity is an essential element of a company’s success. Employee productivity can be significantly hindered by high levels of stress experienced in the work environment. In addition, poor indoor air quality contributes to deterioration of employee health and well-being, which further reduces productivity.

The object of this study was to explore interior design techniques that may reduce employee stress and enhance productivity while using environmentally responsible materials and furnishings. The design paradigm was qualitative, and the research method used was a case study. Specifically, this was an action-research project consisting of a design proposal for an advertising firm in Michigan. The design solution includes elements that increase collaboration and enable teamwork among employees, combined with flexible and ergonomic furniture as a means to enhance productivity. Environmentally responsible material and furnishings were selected to protect the health and well-being of both employees and global ecosystems.

The study discusses limitations as to the wider applicability of the approach described herein and proposes recommendations for future works in this area.

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