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Kasaba, Tetiana, 2019. Green outdoor places, stress and productivity: an exploratory study at Kista ICT Hub, Stockholm, Sweden. Second cycle, A2E. Alnarp: SLU, Department of Work Science, Business Economics, and Environmental Psychology

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In modern world a workplace can be defined as a location where someone works for his or her employer, a place of employment. In technology industry such locations got a name - tech hub. A tech hub is a specific area or a part of a city with a specific building or set of buildings where companies can rent space alongside each other to share facilities and ideas. Kista ICT Hub is one of the most important places for jobs in Stockholm and in the region. ICT related professionals are at a constant pressure to deliver services efficiently and have to be cost effective. Hence, stress is high in ICT professions because of their nature of work. The aim of this study is to explore how physical and/or visual access to green outdoor environments at a tech hub, might relate to employees’ stress level and productivity loss. Data about the perceived physical and/or visual access to greenery, perceived stress level and loss of productivity of employees were collected by means of questionnaire, qualitative interviews and observation. The principle of triangulation has been the main approach. Obtained quantitative data indicate that reported perceived level of stress might increase with the presence of green outdoor environments. Whereas productivity loss (fewer missing days due to personal illnesses) seems to improve when physical access/or view of greenery is perceived in the environment. Qualitative data and observation suggest that the lack of greenery at workplace and location of green outdoor places might be compensated by efficient office planning, comfortable interior design, presence of indoor plants and dedicated place for rest and relaxation. Lastly, a discrepancy has been identified between the perception of physical access to greenery and reality.

Main title:Green outdoor places, stress and productivity: an exploratory study at Kista ICT Hub, Stockholm, Sweden
Authors:Kasaba, Tetiana
Supervisor:Marcheschi, Elizabeth
Examiner:Von Essen, Elisabeth and Gyllin, Mats
Series:UNSPECIFIED
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2019
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:LM007 Outdoor environments for health and well-being - Master's programme 120 HEC
Supervising department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Work Science, Business Economics, and Environmental Psychology
Keywords:workplace, tech hub, ICT, green outdoor environments, stress, productivity
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-10885
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-10885
Subjects:Landscape architecture
Language:English
Deposited On:16 Sep 2019 08:44
Metadata Last Modified:29 May 2020 13:06

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