Workplace needs and experiences of university staff

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11th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organisational Design and Management (ODAM 2014) CPH Conference

Workplace needs and experiences of university staff
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Author:Virpi RUOHOMÄKI (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland)
Marjaana LAHTINEN (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland)
Annu HAAPAKANGAS (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland)
Kari REIJULA (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland)
Date: 2014-08-19     Track: E - Organization & management     Session: E5 - Participatory ergonomics
DOI:10.4122/dtu:2450

Workplaces of universities are changing. The study analyzed and identified work, workplace needs and experiences of university staff at the beginning of a broad building renovation. The university staff was profiled with different tasks, work specific needs and space requirements. The facilities supported well independent, individual tasks, but less collaboration and teamwork. The identified problems were related to the quality of indoor air, temperature and acoustics. The staff participated in workplace design through workshops. They submitted a great number of feasible development ideas with regard to the future working and learning environment.