How physical home workspace characteristics affect mental health: A systematic scoping review

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Abstract

BACKGROUND:
During the 1990s, voluntary teleworking became more grounded, because of expected advantages as increased productivity and comfort. However, COVID-19 obliged employees to work from home (WFH), even in unsuitable houses, which might have reduced their mental health. A holistic overview of methods and measures of the physical home-workspace characteristics and mental health is currently lacking. Insights in the potential influence of the physical home-workspace on mental health are also not yet holistically examined.

OBJECTIVE:
The aim of this study is to provide insights in previously studied relationships between the physical home-workspace and mental health and to identify measures for both using a systematic scoping review.

METHODS:
This study used the PRISMA method to systematically review existing literature.

RESULTS:
Most studies focussed on noise, acoustics, and privacy, in relation to productivity, concentration, and sleep quality. Only a few studies used objective measures for physical home-workspace characteristics.

CONCLUSION:
The list of relevant measures can be used by academics to examine relationships between the home-workspace and mental health further. Workplace managers can use it to help employees in optimizing their home-workspace.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-506
Number of pages18
JournalWork
Volume76
Issue number2
Early online date10 Apr 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023

Keywords

  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • psychological phenomena
  • teleworking
  • Workplace

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