With Michael Roskams, KTP Associate/PhD Student, Sheffield Hallam University & Mitie Energy
Michael will discuss his PhD research, the aim of which is to explore the relationship between the physical workplace environment, employee wellbeing, and productivity. The PhD is being completed in partnership with Mitie, a leading facilities management provider who are pioneering the use of wireless “Internet-of-Things” enabled sensors to monitor indoor environmental parameters (CO2, temperature, humidity, light intensity, and sound pressure level) in real time.
First, Michael will present the Environmental Demands-Resources (ED-R) Model, an extension of an existing framework from organisational psychology which is also applicable for understanding the effects of the workplace environment on the job performance of knowledge workers. In the ED-R model, the workplace environment is seen as a composite of ‘demands’ (which cause strain) and ‘resources’ (which improves motivation).
Subsequently, he will discuss the series of research projects he is conducting across the course of his PhD. These studies will explore the extent to which the real-time workplace environmental data captured using wireless sensors, as well as other forms of buildings analytics data, can be used to predict employee wellbeing and productivity. The research also takes into account individual difference characteristics (e.g. task type, personality), to explore whether this improves predictions.
Michael Roskams is currently completing a PhD at Sheffield Hallam University, as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) being conducted in partnership with Mitie Energy. The aim of his research project is to explore the impact of the workplace environment on employee wellbeing and productivity.