Linking lighting appraisals to work behaviors

J.A. Veitch, M.G.M. Stokkermans, G.R. Newsham

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Among those concerned with practical matters of office design, demonstrations that the work environment affects employees' well-being and work behaviors are thought to be important to support client decision making. Veitch, Newsham, Boyce, and Jones developed a conceptual model in which lighting appraisal and visual capabilities predicted aesthetic judgments, mood, and performance. This article extends that model to include measures of work engagement, using experimental data originally reported by Newsham, Veitch, Arsenault, and Duval. Structural equation modeling showed strong fit to a model in which lighting appraisals indirectly influenced work engagement through aesthetic judgments and mood. This evidence that providing a satisfactory work environment can contribute to employee effectiveness merits further study by environmental and organizational psychologists.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-214
Number of pages17
JournalEnvironment and Behavior
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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