Psychosocially Supportive Design within Workplaces

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The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
This thesis has been written to discuss psychosocially s supportive design within work places. It is no secret that built environments had affected our lives massively, work places in particular since we are spending almost 8 hours of our days at working environments. Therefore, the starting point of the research will display buildings’ roles in our lives and their influences on human lives. Similarly, the research will retail work places history, offices developments through years and their variable effects on our physical, mental, psychological and social health. Human health as well have its share of the research’s discussions, where the author discusses different health definitions, parameters, aspects and ways to promote human health. Moreover, since stress has great effect on human health, therefore, its causes and influences were discussed regarding human health and the individual ability of adapt with different levels of stress on the expense of his/her health; it was also taken in consideration in the research methodology. A survey was distributed among employees with different work places to collect general data about various work environments. The survey asked questions regarding the participants’ working environments such as; traffic, offices plan layout, desks directions, offices finishes, furniture materials, colours used, wall openings, natural elements availability, lighting, technology, utilities, social interactions and the employees stress level. Results were analyzed through IBM SPSS Statistics Data Editor Software, it showed that only 7 .3% of participants feel comfortable within their workplaces while 27.3% are feeling stressed and unhealthy due to the internal conditions of their work places. Based on the questionnaire results and the participants’ opinions restorative theories were discussed to study the possibility of implementing nature accordingly and to reduce number of parameters and characteristics of a psychosocially supportive design within work places, which considered the research main purpose.
supportive design, workplace, built environment