Close Living Conditions = Greater Productivity?

There have been many studies in the education sector which have found productivity levels increase when living in close quarters, such as dorm style housing.  Individuals living together are more likely to form attachments to others who were similar to them in attitudes and work skills.  And because they interact more readily, friends can work together faster than strangers.  Thus, pairs of close friends were able to solve codes, puzzles, and arithmetic problems more quickly than pairs of strangers (Husband, 1940).  Dorm living has become a requirement of many universities based off findings that it can increase a students GPA by almost a full point.

Man Camp housing provides an opportunity for close working relationships due to the nature of both the common areas and cafeteria settings.  Often times compared to dorm type living, these housing structures are not only convenient for remote work locations, they foster community support as well. The opportunity to form friendships with co-workers and those in a similar situation naturally occurs due to the length of shifts.  Typically, workers stay at a man camp for an average of 2-3 weeks before they get time off.

There is, however, a need to design and plan these spaces to give the most benefit to social perception of privacy within group-type living quarters.  Architectural features such as the presence of windows, and illumination affect social behavior, mood, and productivity, and appear to be associated with health.  People who live in windowless rooms or offices report less satisfaction, less interest in their jobs, and are less positive about physical work conditions (Finnegan & Solomon, 1981).

Lonetree has taken into account these features, and design camps around these principles.  Quality of life additions such as state of the art exercise facilities, libraries, and golf simulators enhance their living quarters all around.   Many of Lonetree facilities include bars, gaming rooms, and full size soccer fields for competitive play amongst guests.

The same principles that have been shown to increase productivity amongst students living on campus are all found at Lone Tree workforce camps as well. Companies look for this style of housing not only to increase productivity, but overall employee health and satisfaction as well.


*Finnegan, M.C. & Solomon, L.Z. Work Attitudes in window vs. windowless environments, Jounal of Social Phychology, 1981. 115, 291-2

*Husband, R.W. Cooperative versus solitary problem solution. Journal of Social Psychology, 1940, 11. 405-409

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