The Importance of Specific Workplace Environment Characteristics for Maximum Health and Performance: Healthcare Workers Perspective

Rana Sagha Zadeh, Mardelle M. Shepley, Arthur Owora, Martha C. Dannenbaum, Laurie T. Waggener, Susan Sung Eun Chung

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Objective: To examine the importance of specific workplace environment characteristics for maximum health and performance, assigned by healthcare employees, and how they relate to the nature of their work. Methods: A cross-sectional mixed-method study was conducted with content analysis and robust regression models to examine the relationship between workplace environment characteristics and perceived importance in promoting health and performance. Results: Our findings suggest that perceptions of key environment characteristics that safeguard health and performance in healthcare workplaces may vary by employee sex, setting, and nature of healthcare work involved. Theme and model descriptions of the influence of these factors on participant perceptions are provided. Conclusions: Employee feedback on workplace characteristics that impact health and performance could be instrumental in determining the priorities of workplace design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e245-e252
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2018



  • built environment
  • evidence-based design
  • facility and human resource
  • healthcare workers
  • management
  • occupational health
  • physical environment
  • work performance
  • work productivity
  • work satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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