21 Apr 2022

Working for the planet

Green ergonomics could play an important part in creating better workplaces and helping the fight for a more sustainable world, a new study reveals. As well as reducing carbon emissions, a greener office could also improve worker wellbeing and creativity, as well as developing a more environmentally aware culture.

The research looked at technical, cultural and socio-technical aspects to see what benefits could be achieved with green ergonomics – defined by the authors as “developing human systems that integrate with the natural environment”.

The study found that energy consumption could be reduced through better understanding of the relationship between users and technology such as heating and lighting. Workplaces could also promote and model a more sustainable culture. Biophilic design is highlighted as a “fundamental component” of a green office and the research cites the mental and physical health benefits of introducing more nature to spaces.

The study adds: “Green ergonomics is an ideal discipline to transform workspaces into stimulating, enriched and nurturing environments that are as much habitats for humans as they are workplaces.”

The study was carried out by the Arup Group’s Thomas Norton and Oluremi Ayoko, and Neal Ashkanasy from the University of Queensland and was presented at our online conference earlier this month. 

Find out more about our conference here.