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Nature at home and at work: Naturally good? Links between window views, indoor plants, outdoor activities and employee well-being over one year

Korpela, K., De Bloom, J., Sianoja, M., Pasanen, T. & Kinnunen, U., Apr-2017, In : Landscape and Urban Planning. 160, p. 38-47 10 p.

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We investigated two-directional relations between various types of exposure to the natural world, at work and at home, and employee well-being. In total, 841 employees answered an electronic questionnaire twice with a one-year interval. Path analysis indicated that frequent physical activity in natural surroundings during free time predicted greater vitality over a one-year period after including control variables. The use of one's yard/garden and happiness were marginally positively associated over time. None of the variables involving exposure to the natural world at work were linked to the well-being measures. In the reverse direction, creativity at work predicted more frequent and vitality less frequent use of one's domestic garden. Happiness was marginally positively related to the frequency of physical activity in nature. The results suggest that free time physical activity in natural surroundings is a potential strategy for enhancing employee vitality across time. (C) 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-47
Number of pages10
JournalLandscape and Urban Planning
Volume160
Publication statusPublished - Apr-2017
Externally publishedYes

    Keywords

  • Indoor plants, Window view, Physical activity, Nature exposure, Workplace, Well-being, MENTAL-HEALTH, GREEN SPACE, TASK-PERFORMANCE, SELF-REGULATION, LIVE PLANTS, STRESS, HAPPINESS, RECOVERY, EXPERIENCE, ENGAGEMENT

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