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The influence of forest view through a window on job satisfaction and job stress

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Windows have been found to be a particularly salient feature of the workplace, not only as a matter of preference but also for health and well-being. Depending on what is in the view, looking out of the window may provide numerous opportunities for restoration. This study investigated the effect of window views on job satisfaction and stress. The impact of two specific influencing mechanisms was examined: existence of forest views through windows in workplaces, and absence of forest views through windows in workplaces. The sample consisted of 931 office workers in Seoul, South Korea, 481 who could see forest views from their workplaces and 450 who could not see forest views. A set of self-administered questionnaires including job satisfaction and job stress measures was distributed to the sample from April to September 2004. The results showed a significant direct effect of forest views from windows on job satisfaction and stress. Respondents' personal information such as gender, age and job category did not influence on the window view effects. As expected, employees' job satisfaction and job stress were highly and negatively correlated.

Keywords: Employees' well-being; forest view impact; workers' satisfaction; workers' stress; workplace window benefits

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02827580701262733

Affiliations: Department of Forest Resources, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju, South Korea

Publication date: January 1, 2007

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