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

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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.

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.

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

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.

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
Issue number2
Early online date10 Apr 2023
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023


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


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