Work Environment and the Bottom Line: Survey of Tools Relating Work Environment to Business Results
2013 (English)In: Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing, ISSN 1090-8471, E-ISSN 1520-6564, Vol. 23, no 5, 368-381 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Insufficient knowledge of how the working environment (WE) impacts company performance leads to a poor basis for managerial decision making. The objective of this study was to survey and evaluate available tools relating WE to business results. Nine tools were identified and qualitatively evaluated using 11 criteria. The tools were clustered into three categories, ranging from analysis of WE risks as well as calculation of their economic impact to solely investment analysis. Shortcomings in the tools include insufficient attention to quality and productivity issues and insufficient guidance for users. Although further methodological development is indicated, researchers should also attend to the factors affecting tool uptake and application as well as the potential to integrate such analysis into companies' regular accounting systems.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell, 2013. Vol. 23, no 5, 368-381 p.
work environment, Ergonomics, Human factors, Investment analysis, economics, Business performance, Financial impact, management
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-76043DOI: 10.1002/hfm.20324ISI: 000323040400002ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84882249892OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-76043DiVA: diva2:490889
FunderForte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
QC 201506252012-02-062012-02-062015-06-25Bibliographically approved