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YOUNG LEADERS FORUM 2017

Full Name: Nor Nadiah Nadhirah Md Nadzri


Scholar Number: 11120149
Programme of Study: Chemical Engineering
University: Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS
Country of Study: Malaysia

For a fantastic work place, nothing crossed my mind other than the idea of modern
and comfortable.

According to the American Time Use Survey, Americans spend 8.7 hours at work
on an average work day and for each year, Americans work roughly 1,790 hours.
This typically applies to employees all over the world too. Thus, comfortability
plays an important role to promote their performance at work.

Not surprisingly, thoughtful workplace design can be a powerful tool for supporting
employee performance. And a collateral benefit is that what typically supports
productivity also enhances employee health and wellness its all interrelated.
There are several considerations should be taken care in providing comfortable
workplace such as temperature, access to view, human factors and ergonomics,
noise control and air quality. As all of these factors relate to the physical and
mental state of the employee, maintaining a comfortable environment is a must.

A local case study conducted by Azlan, Shirley and Melissa from Universiti Malaya
concluded that an uncomfortable environment in an office workplace leads to
health-related issues as well as increasing the absenteeism rate. High levels of
employee absenteeism lead to decreased employee productivity, therefore
affecting their work performance. The results suggest that employees did not find
luminance level uncomfortable, when compared with room temperature, thus
proving that employees are more sensitive to room temperature comfort.
Furthermore, when the room temperature comfort was low, significant
correlations were found with health-related issues such as feeling stuffy, being
easily tired and having difficulty concentrating.

In order to strive for work productivity, I would definitely choose a workplace that
provides the utmost comfort so that I can call it my second home.