The added value of healthy workplaces - In search for evidence

Theo J.M. van der Voordt, Per Anker Jensen

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Purpose: This paper aims to explore the added value of healthy workplaces for organizations, employees, other stakeholders, and the society as a whole, and what evidence is available about the impact of healthy workplaces on end user satisfaction, productivity, and cost. The paper ends with reflections and suggestions for follow-up research. 
Design/methodology/approach: A literature research of journal papers, conference papers and other sources covering the disciplines and fields of Building Research, Corporate Real Estate Management (CREM), Facilities Management (FM), Environmental Psychology, Ergonomics, and Health Management.

Findings: The paper presents a conceptual model of influencing factors on health and wellbeing, possible interrelationships with other values, and possible benefits on individual, organizational and societal level. The literature review shows that limited research is available on the impact of healthy workplaces on other value dimensions. Most research regards the positive relationship between healthy workplaces and employees’ wellbeing, satisfaction and productivity. Data on
economic benefits are available as well, with a focus on health promoting programs. 

Practical implications: The conceptual model and findings from the literature can be used to assess a work environment on its impact on end users’ health and wellbeing, and to define objectives, interventions and priorities in value adding management.

Originality/value: This conceptual model of influencing factors on healthy work places and possible impacts of healthy workplaces on other value dimensions is new and can be used to define the agenda of future transdisciplinary research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Transdisciplinary Workplace Research Conference
Publication date2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventTransdisciplinary Workplace Research Conference 2020 - Germany, Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 16 Sep 202019 Sep 2020


ConferenceTransdisciplinary Workplace Research Conference 2020
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  • Health
  • Wellbeing
  • Satisfaction
  • Productivity
  • Cost
  • Workplace


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