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Occupational Medicine & Health Affairs
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  • Research Article   
  • Occup Med Health Aff 2017, Vol 5(2): 261
  • DOI: 10.4172/2329-6879.1000261

Impact of Workplace Environment on Health Workers

Edem MJ1, Akpan EU1 and Pepple NM2*
1School of Public Health, Texilla American University, , Guyana
2Department of Biosciences, Salem University, Lokoja, Kogi State, Nigeria
*Corresponding Author : Pepple NM, Department of Biosciences, Salem University, Lokoja, Kogi State, Nigeria, Tel: 2348038319077, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: May 07, 2017 / Accepted Date: Jul 19, 2017 / Published Date: Jul 31, 2017

Abstract

Employee morale can be impacted in both positive and negative ways by the workplace environment. Workplace environment plays a major role in the performance and productivity of an employee. Most industries have an unsafe workplace environment and are most time unhealthy too. This study is focused on the workplace environment in a health facility and how it affects the health worker. An unsafe health facility environment such as unsuitable furniture, poorly designed workstations, lack of ventilation, excessive noise, inappropriate lighting, poor supervisor support, poor work space, poor communication, poor fire safety measures for emergencies, and lack of personal protective equipment, can adversely affect the productivity of the employee. Health workers in such environment are exposed to occupational diseases such as heat stress, deafness, ergonomic disorders and suffocation. Health worker’s productivity and performance can decrease due to poorly planned workplace environment as this adversely affects their morale and may give rise to poor motivation and no job satisfaction as a result, it becomes a challenge for the management to provide a safe work environment for the workers to ensure health, efficiency, productivity and good performance. The relationship between the health worker, work and the workplace environment is very crucial and hence it becomes an integral part of work itself. Management effort in ensuring an active workforce should be focused on employee personal motivation and the infrastructure of the work environment.

Keywords: Workplace; Productivity; Performance; Ergonomic; Workforce

Citation: Edem MJ, Akpan EU, Pepple NM (2017) Impact of Workplace Environment on Health Workers. Occup Med Health Aff 5:261. Doi: 10.4172/2329-6879.1000261

Copyright: © 2017 Edem MJ, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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